ESS-B06B18: An Early Medieval lead alloy gaming token, dating AD700-1050.

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GAMING PIECE

Unique ID: ESS-B06B18

Object type certainty: Certain
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An Early Medieval lead alloy gaming piece, probably dating AD 700 - 1050. The object is in the shape of a hollow dome, with five pellets on top. The pellets are arranged with one in the centre and four around. The metal is a mid-light grey colour.

A similar example is recorded on the PAS database (SWYOR-DAF61B) and notes: Objects like this are often described as gaming pieces but there are few excavated examples with which to compare them. They can also be interpreted as weights. Similar sized and shaped objects but made from chalk were recovered from Anglo-Scandinavian building contexts in York and have been identified as Hnefatafl pieces (Mainman and Rodgers, 2000). Hnefatafl was a game rather like chess. However, there are none made of lead. Possible gaming pieces that are made of lead are illustrated in 'Lead Weights' by Biggs and Withers (2000), but it is pointed out that similar objects have been found associated with Viking weights, especially examples with a square base and four peaks. The possibility that the object functioned as a weight cannot be ruled out. Compare SWYOR-69EB78 (with five pellets on the top) NCL-CFFFC7 (three pellets),WMID-669380 (solid, decorated base), and LIN-7D8F62 (solid).

Dimensions: height: 14.01 mm; diameter: 14.71 mm; weight: 8.75g .

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder

Chronology

Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
Period from: EARLY MEDIEVAL
Period to: EARLY MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 700
Date to: Circa AD 1050

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Height: 14.01 mm
Weight: 8.75 g
Diameter: 14.71 mm

Personal details

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Recorded by: Mr B Paites
Identified by: Mr B Paites

Materials and construction

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

Spatial metadata

Region: Eastern (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Suffolk (County)
District: Suffolk Coastal (District)
Parish or ward: Badingham (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: TM3068
Four figure Latitude: 52.26204106
Four figure longitude: 1.36897995
1:25K map: TM3068
1:10K map: TM36NW
Grid reference source: Centred on field
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 100 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
General landuse: Cultivated land
Specific landuse: Character undetermined

References cited

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Recording Institution: ESS
Created: 2 years ago
Updated: 2 years ago

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