PUBLIC-7F04C6: PUBLIC-7F04C6- Post Medieval Lead Alloy shot

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SHOT

Unique ID: PUBLIC-7F04C6

Object type certainty: Certain
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A cast lead alloy shot / ball for use in a Pistol of post medieval date (AD1600-1800). The shot is spherical with a relatively well formed surface patina. The shot is relatively round and smooth - suggesting that it has not been fired. There is a sprue scar with two facets where the casting sprue was probably cut with nippers. The colour of the ball is a pale grey / white. It shows some signs of damage, probably caused by agricultural machinery. There is no delamination on the surface of the shot.

Similar shot have been dated to the later post medieval period however the date range should extend into the early modern period as similar projectiles were used in firearms throughout this period. The context of this find / assemblage would indicate a date in the English civil war. Musket balls are discussed in Courtney's "Small Arms Accessories of the Mid-Seventeenth Century" (1988) and on page 202 of "Material Culture in London in an Age of Transition" by Geoff Egan (2005).

Diameter: 13.9mm Weight: 14.5g

The weight suggests it was for use in a Pistol (Harding 2012, Lead Shot of the English Civil War)

Notes:

This ball / shot was one of over 130 mixed sized shot found on 2 acres of flat and slightly elevated ground, in a field that is around 15 acres.

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder

Chronology

Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
Period from: POST MEDIEVAL
Period to: POST MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 1600
Date to: Circa AD 1800

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Weight: 14.5 g
Diameter: 13.9 mm

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Saturday 16th July 2016

Personal details

Found by: This information is restricted for your login.
Recorded by: Mr William Burleigh
Identified by: Mr William Burleigh

Materials and construction

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

Spatial metadata

Region: West Midlands (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Worcestershire (County)
District: Malvern Hills (District)
To be known as: Newnham

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
Discovery circumstances: metal detecting Find
General landuse: Cultivated land
Specific landuse: Operations to a depth greater than 0.25m

References cited

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Audit data

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

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