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Unique ID: PUBLIC-D986E9

Object type certainty: Certain
Workflow status: Published Find published

A cast lead seal matrix dating to the Medieval period. The object is pointed oval, thick and flat, sub-rectangular in cross-section, commonly known as a vesica seal. The central device is 5 broad oval shapes around a small central circle, making up a five-petal flower.

Surrounding this, the legend is set between grooved borders, and reads + S' AVICIE. FIL' ALEX (Seal of Avicie daughter of Alexander). The A and L in Alex are ligated. The engraving is competent and clear.

The rear of the object is bevelled at the edges and at the top of the object is a projecting lug which is acts as a handle, but is not pierced to allow suspension. This is at one end of a ridge running nearly the whole length of the rear, with a rounded tip and cross-piece just below the lug. It looks as if it might depict a dagger. The object has a light white patina.

Personal seal matrices with names, such as this one, were most popular in the 13th century. It is not particularly unusual to see the name of a woman among matrices recorded on the PAS database, and there is another example of the name Avice at IHS-EA4907.

Inscription: + S' AVICIE. FIL' ALEX

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 1400

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 32.38 mm
Height: 9.15 mm
Width: 21.8 mm
Thickness: 3.7 mm
Weight: 14.52 g

Personal details

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Recorded by: Mr Allan Kissack
Identified by: Mr Allan Kissack

Materials and construction

Primary material: Lead
Completeness: Complete

Spatial metadata

Region: East Midlands (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Lincolnshire (County)
District: North Kesteven (District)
To be known as: Metheringham

Spatial coordinates

Grid reference source: GPS (from the finder)
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 100 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
General landuse: Cultivated land
Specific landuse: Operations to a depth less than 0.25 m

References cited

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Audit data

Recording Institution: PUBLIC
Created: 3 years ago
Updated: 3 years ago

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