DEV-9C7B05: Unidentified lead alloy incised disc

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Unique ID: DEV-9C7B05

Object type certainty: Certain
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An unidentified Lead alloy object, probably of fairly recent date, but potentially older, c. AD 1400-1900. The object is incomplete, comprising of a lead alloy disc with a single surviving attachment loop. The disc is decorated, all deeply incised, with a robed figure on horseback within a circular border. The border appears to have been used as a guide to cut away much of the original circumference, with, by the orientation of the decoration, between 2 and 9 o'clock missing. The weight of the object in combination with the positioning of the loop (which is not alligned with the decoration) would suggest both that the object did not hang as a pendant and that there were originally further attachement loops around its circumference. The reverse of the disc features two unclear, but probably deliberate, stamped and incised marks.The lower mark is squat, and comprises of a stamped sub-rectangle surmounting a rounded sub-triangle, the upper is less clear, but is narrower, with a series of scored lines radiating out from its top.

Although open to interpretation, incised decoration may be biblical in character; the long ears suggesting the horse is perhaps rather a donkey and with a series of scores around the top of the figure's head potentially being a crown of thorns. The marks on the reverse are difficult to interpret, but with the scores radiating around the top of one perhaps being a simplistic halo - although this is highly tentative.

Dimensions: length 52.8mm; width 48.8mm; thickness 4.0mm; weight 68.18g.

Lead can be easily cast and was done so regularly from the Roman period onwards, simple lead alloy objects are therefore extremely difficult to date outside of an archaeological context. The function of this object is unclear, but it could possibly have served as some sort of lid or mount.

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: UNKNOWN
Period from: MEDIEVAL
Period to: MODERN
Date from: Circa AD 1400
Date to: Circa AD 1900

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 52.8 mm
Width: 48.8 mm
Thickness: 4 mm
Weight: 68.18 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Sunday 1st January 2017 - Saturday 29th July 2017

Personal details

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Recorded by: Mr Wil Partridge
Identified by: Mr Wil Partridge

Other reference numbers

Other reference: SCC receipt: 017397

Materials and construction

Primary material: Lead Alloy
Completeness: Incomplete

Spatial metadata

Region: South West (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Dorset (County)
District: North Dorset (District)
Parish or ward: Tarrant Crawford (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: ST9203
Four figure Latitude: 50.82648133
Four figure longitude: -2.11495114
1:25K map: ST9203
1:10K map: ST90SW
Grid reference source: Centred on field
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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Updated: About one year ago

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