NLM-8AD1AD: Medieval Ingot fragment

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Unique ID: NLM-8AD1AD

Object type certainty: Certain
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Copper alloy ingot fragment. Shard broken from a circular plano-convex ingot of estimated diameter c.100mm. The lower surface bears a stippled texture suggesting the object has set in a hollow in a sanded bed, which was a normal way of casting smaller ingots from the early medieval period onwards. The upper surface is wrinkled in the course of cooling. There is no green staining whatsoever, and little trace of abrasion, which may reflect alloy composition or burial environment, but probably also argues a relatively recent date. The broken edges have shattered with clean breaks, which may reflect aspects of alloy composition, as may the very dark tint of fractured surfaces. Activities such as recycling and bell founding might take place at a remove from occupied areas because of their polluting nature and because of the fire risk they could present. Suggested date: Medieval, 1100-1500.

Thickness: 12.6mm, Weight: 104.71gms

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: MEDIEVAL
Period from: MEDIEVAL
Period to: MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 1100
Date to: Circa AD 1500

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Thickness: 12.6 mm
Weight: 104.71 g
Diameter: 100 mm

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Friday 19th August 2016

Rally details.

This object was found at Wymondham Rally 2016 (Near Spooner Row)

Personal details

Found by: This information is restricted for your login.
Recorded by: Mr Martin Foreman
Identified by: Mr Martin Foreman

Other reference numbers

Other reference: NLM33987

Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy
Manufacture method: Cast
Completeness: Fragment

Spatial metadata

Region: Eastern (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Norfolk (County)
District: Breckland (District)
To be known as: Besthorpe

Spatial coordinates

Grid reference source: GPS (from the finder)
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 1 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
General landuse: Cultivated land

References cited

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Created: 2 years ago
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