WMID-7A174A: Medieval: Pilgrim Ampulla

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Unique ID: WMID-7A174A

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An incomplete cast lead or lead alloy ampulla of the Medieval Period, dating to AD 1200 - AD 1500.

The object is rectangular in cross section and hollow. It is comprised of one rectangular section which expands into a sub circular section, these are not split. There is a triangular protrusion on the left hand edge, this has a triangular shaped perforation inside. There is a horizontal ridge running parrallel to this protrusion. The sub circular section has a scallop design on the reverse, this is formed by vertical, but slightly diagonal incised lines and raised ridges. On the obverse of the object the rectangular section is slightly convex. Underneath the rectangular section, again, there is a horizontal depressional line, separating it from the sub circular section. This section has a decoration in the form of a heart shaped knot, the knot is split into three sections by the laces, the top two sections are sub semi circular in shape and the bottom section is a sub diamond shape. Surrounding the heart shaped knot are raised circles that form a border, ten of these circles can be seen, all are evenly spaced. The sides of the subcircular section and the base are raised, forming a shallow depression where the decoration sits. The base of the object has been folded up on the right hand side and there is a crack running just off centre from the base to the edge of the heart shaped design.

The object measures 49.7 mm in length and is 33.7 mm wide. It has a thickness of 8.8 mm and weighs 49.2 g.

The object is a light grey to light brown in colour and has an uneven patina. Abrasion caused by movement whilst within the plough soil may have resulted in the loss of some of the original surface detail.

Scallop designs began as the emblem of St James the Greater in the 12th Century but later became a symbol of pilgrimage in general as the Medieval Period went on.

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: MEDIEVAL
Period from: MEDIEVAL
Period to: MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 1200
Date to: Circa AD 1500

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 49.7 mm
Width: 33.7 mm
Thickness: 8.8 mm
Weight: 49.2 g

Personal details

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Recorded by: Miss Helen Glenn
Identified by: Miss Helen Glenn

Materials and construction

Primary material: Lead Alloy
Manufacture method: Cast
Completeness: Incomplete

Spatial metadata

Region: West Midlands (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Warwickshire (County)
District: Stratford-on-Avon (District)
Parish or ward: Shipston on Stour (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: SP2440
Four figure Latitude: 52.05786619
Four figure longitude: -1.65137423
1:25K map: SP2440
1:10K map: SP24SW
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 out using a metal detector

References cited

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

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