SWYOR-B12535: Unidentified object of unknown date

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Unique ID: SWYOR-B12535

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

Part of an unidentified copper alloy artefact of unknown date, Iron Age to post-Medieval, 100 BC - AD 1700. It consists of a portion of a hollow shaft, of sub-rectangular section, flaring at the end into a broad, flat terminal. One face of the terminal is slightly curved towards the outer edge; the other face is completely flat. The upper end of the shaft, near the break, is pierced with a circular hole, possibly for a fastening rivet, though no rivet now remains. There is a further, slightly smaller, perforation where the shaft meets the flared end, and a possible third hole across the break. The flat face is decorated with a curved incised line across the place where the hollow tube flattens into the terminal. On the terminal, near the line, is a row of four small punched annulets, grouped into two pairs. Four grooves decorate the terminal, running longitudinally. The second to outmost one is wider and shallower than the others. This broad groove does not reach both edges of the terminal, falling short at one end. .The artefact has a patchy dark green patina and some traces of a black material. It is 31.7mm long, 34.7mm wide and 11.6mm thick. It weighs 13.82gm.

The function and date of this object is not clear. It may be related to linch pin terminals and be Iron Age in date, or it could be the socket of a Medieval ladle or skimmer, with a handle fitting into the hollow tube, and the utensil projecting from the flat terminal. It is not clera which edges of the flat terminal are original and which are breaks.

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: UNKNOWN
Subperiod from: Late
Period from: IRON AGE
Subperiod to: Early
Date from: Circa 100 BC
Date to: Circa AD 1700

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 31.7 mm
Width: 34.7 mm
Thickness: 11.6 mm
Weight: 13.82 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Wednesday 18th November 2015 - Tuesday 17th May 2016

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Other reference numbers

Other reference: PAS form number 2840

Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy
Completeness: Incomplete

Spatial metadata

Region: Yorkshire and the Humber (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Doncaster (Metropolitan District)
District: Doncaster (Metropolitan District)
Parish or ward: Burghwallis (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: SE5511
Four figure Latitude: 53.59270031
Four figure longitude: -1.17051913
1:25K map: SE5511
1:10K map: SE51SE
Grid reference source: Centred on field
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 10 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
General landuse: Cultivated land

References cited

No references cited so far.

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Audit data

Recording Institution: SWYOR
Created: 6 years ago
Updated: 6 years ago

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