WMID-C31B1B: Possible Early Medieval: Possible vat or tank

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Unique ID: WMID-C31B1B

Object type certainty: Probably
Workflow status: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation

An incomplete lead or lead alloy, possible vat or tank, of uncertain dating but possibly Early Medieval (AD 750 to AD 1000).

Around 50% of the vat or tank is present. None of the sides are complete. The base is incomplete with several holes and repair marks. The base now has a ripple effect, due to being found on a cobbled stream bed. No decoration appears to be present on either side. The rim was folded but now not attached to the main body of the tank.

It has a diameter of 110cm (with a max length of 48 cm, and a max width of 28cm). The sides are 1.9 mm thick. None of the sides are complete, the highest they are standing are 20 cm.

The vat or tank is a light to mid grey colour, with an even surface patina.

Several similar vats or tanks have been recorded on the PAS database including: WMID-7FF438; NMS-4CEB66; LIN-3A12D0; LANCUM-227D54; HESH-4E1B95; LANCUM-DA3E25 and WAW-A4D8D4.

Kevin Leahy (National Finds Advisor) comments: An interesting find which immediately puts me in mind of the Anglo-Saxon tanks that we have been seeing, for example WAW-A4D8D4. There are, however, some differences, in particular you say that sides are 1.9mm thick. My recollection on handling the North Lincolnshire lead tanks is that they were thicker than this: the Bottesford finds were 2.9-3.8mm thick and the one from Corby was 3-4mm thick. I also know of no parallel for the odd flange on the base. This could be an Anglo-Saxon tank but it is also possible that it formed part of the leading from a roof (modern roofing lead varies between 1.32-3.55mm).

Class: vat

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: UNKNOWN
Subperiod from: Middle
Period to: MODERN
Date from: Circa AD 750
Date to: Circa AD 2000

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Height: 200 mm
Thickness: 1.9 mm
Diameter: 1100 mm

Personal details

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Recorded by: Miss Teresa Gilmore
Identified by: Miss Teresa Gilmore

Materials and construction

Primary material: Lead
Completeness: Incomplete

Spatial metadata

Region: Yorkshire and the Humber (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: North Yorkshire (County)
District: Harrogate (District)
Parish or ward: Allerton Mauleverer with Hopperton (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: SE4156
Four figure Latitude: 53.99841342
Four figure longitude: -1.37604703
1:25K map: SE4156
1:10K map: SE45NW
Grid reference source: From finder
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 1 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
Discovery circumstances: Found whilst searching with a metal detector

References cited

No references cited so far.

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Audit data

Recording Institution: WMID
Created: 5 years ago
Updated: 4 months ago

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