SOM-D84DD2: Medieval unidentified object

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Unique ID: SOM-D84DD2

Object type certainty: Certain
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Fragment of an unidentified lead openwork object. The remaining piece is broadly lozenge shaped but while the lower two sides are unbroken the upper two are broken, indicating the lower sides were originally longer, and the complete shape is unclear. The piece is broadly flat, well moulded on the front with a plain back and rounded edges where unbroken. The front has a wide line border along the unbroken sides and a vertical line running up the centre of similar width. A similarly wide and thick curved line comes in from either side to meet this central line. These curved lines are divided into three in places by incised lines running along their length defining narrow borders flanking a wider centre, these lines appear to be worn or poorly done in places.
In the areas between the thicker lines are thinner and narrower curved lines divding the cells into areas. In the complete lower cells there is a central transverse pointed oval and shorter curved lines above and below linking the central vertical line to the sides. Above the thick curved lines are remains of such lines running parrallel to them, then curving away and ending in old breaks. Some of the areas definied by these thinner lines are open, mainly the ones above the curved lines, the pointed oval shapes and parts of the areas above and below them.
The piece is 33.1mm by 29.7mm and 3.1mm thick and weighs 12.28 grams.
This piece appears too delicate and the lines too narrow and thick to be a window grille. The style of the decoration suggests a very late Early Medieval to Medieval date, c. AD 1000 to 1500. It also appears to thick to be a toy or badge. It is possibly a test piece or a blank for making moulds.

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: MEDIEVAL
Period to: MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 1000
Date to: Circa AD 1500

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 33.1 mm
Width: 29.7 mm
Thickness: 3.1 mm
Weight: 12.28 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Friday 1st January 2016 - Saturday 10th September 2016

Personal details

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Recorded by: Ms Laura Burnett
Identified by: Ms Laura Burnett

Other reference numbers

Other reference: SCC reciept 17443

Materials and construction

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

Spatial metadata

Region: South West (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Somerset (County)
District: Sedgemoor (District)
To be known as: East Huntspill CP

Spatial coordinates

Grid reference source: From a paper map
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 100 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
General landuse: Grassland, Heathland

References cited

No references cited so far.

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