FAKL-C686D5: Post Medieval iron ball

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Unique ID: FAKL-C686D5

Object type certainty: Probably
Workflow status: Published Find published

Post Medieval cannon ball, or ball from ball mill. Cast iron with a diameter ranging between 83.6mm and 80.5mm (c. 3.3 inches. The ball weighs 1997.1g (4.4 pounds) and fails to fit into any of the accepted calibres for Civil War, or later ordnance hence the suggestion that it may have come from a ball mill. This might be supported by its lack of symmetry. A ball mill consisted of a horizontal, revolving drum which contained iron balls. As the cylinder turned the constantly falling balls pulverised material placed in the drum. Ball mills were used in the preparated of powders for making paint and the preparation of clay.

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
Subperiod from: Early
Period from: POST MEDIEVAL
Subperiod to: Middle
Period to: MODERN
Date from: Circa AD 1500
Date to: Circa AD 1950

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Weight: 1997.1 g
Diameter: 83.6 mm

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Wednesday 7th September 2016

Personal details

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Recorded by: Dr Kevin Leahy
Identified by: Dr Kevin Leahy

Other reference numbers

Other reference: SWY 846

Materials and construction

Primary material: Iron
Manufacture method: Cast
Completeness: Complete

Spatial metadata

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

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: SK4693
Four figure Latitude: 53.43178614
Four figure longitude: -1.30911674
1:25K map: SK4693
1:10K map: SK49SE
Grid reference source: GPS (from the finder)
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 1 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
Discovery circumstances: Metal detecting

References cited

No references cited so far.

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Audit data

Recording Institution: FAKL
Created: 2 years ago
Updated: About one year ago

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