SOM-FFCB8C: Probable Prehistoric copper alloy metal workign debris

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A small piece of copper alloy metal working debris, of probable Prehistoric date, c. 2100 BC - AD 43. The potential ingot consists of a slightly irregular bar of copper alloy with an oval cross-section, both ends are abraded, but the object appears complete. There are no markings on the surface which has a dark brown patina, where this has been lost it reveals a bright green core.

Dimensions: length 56.1mm; width 11.1mm; thickness 8.5mm; weight 24.02g.

Whilst similar objects have been identified as Early Medieval based on comparison to Anglo-Scandinavian silver ingots (e.g. LANCUM-9CB512), the object is largely undiagnostic and the patina of the metal is far more reminiscent of Prehistoric material, particularly Bronze Age metal work.

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: BRONZE AGE
Period from: BRONZE AGE
Period to: IRON AGE
Date from: Circa 2100 BC
Date to: Circa AD 43

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 56.1 mm
Width: 11.1 mm
Thickness: 8.5 mm
Weight: 24.02 g

Personal details

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

Other reference numbers

Other reference: SCC receipt: 019187

Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy
Completeness: Complete

Spatial metadata

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

Spatial coordinates

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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Audit data

Recording Institution: SOM
Created: About one year ago
Updated: About one year ago

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