NLM-01827C: possibly Late Neolithic Pendant fragment

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Unique ID: NLM-01827C

Object type certainty: Certain
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Jet Pendant fragment. Flat fragment from the curved end of a plate with a round countersunk aperture of diameter c.5mm drilled from both sides, and with a smoothed angled facet along one edge. The object is broken along a diagonal line which could suggest its original form to have been sub-triangular, and is encrusted with roughened textures at aperture and along lower broken edge. Jet has long been regarded as magical in that it is a stone that may float or burn, and, like amber, it collects static electricity if rubbed.

Objects of this form do not appear among Roman jet and shale finds, which were often lathe-made, so an earlier or later date is possible. The aperture recalls that set centrally on a triangular pendant found with a jet necklace in a Beaker or Late Neolithic grave recorded on the Yorkshire Wolds (Mortimer, J.R. 1906, Forty Years' Researches in British and Saxon Burial Mounds of East Yorkshire, Browns, London and Hull, barrow no. 75, plate 77, fig. 575 no. 3); the East Coast has seen many Prehistoric burials and monuments exposed by coastal erosion. The Viking period also saw the use of jet; though this declined through the medieval period, a simple round-headed form was favoured for pendant objects including whetstones. The find spot is close to the principal source of British jet at Whitby, where its working enjoyed a notable revival in the later Victorian period. Suggested date: possibly Late Neolithic, 2700-2351 BC.

Length: 23mm, Width: 18.2mm, Thickness: 4.8mm, Weight: 1.79gms.

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: NEOLITHIC
Subperiod from: Late
Period from: NEOLITHIC
Subperiod to: Late
Period to: NEOLITHIC
Date from: Circa 2700 BC
Date to: Circa 2350 BC

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 23 mm
Width: 18.2 mm
Thickness: 4.8 mm
Weight: 1.79 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Tuesday 10th June 2014

Personal details

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Recorded by: Mr Martin Foreman
Identified by: Mr Martin Foreman

Other reference numbers

Other reference: NLM25592

Materials and construction

Primary material: Jet or Shale
Manufacture method: Ground/polished
Completeness: Incomplete

Spatial metadata

Region: Yorkshire and the Humber (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: North Yorkshire (County)
District: Scarborough (District)
To be known as: Staithes

Spatial coordinates

Grid reference source: GPS (from the finder)
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 1 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
General landuse: Coastland

References cited

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