LEIC-5C4051: early medieval ? lead alloy gaming piece?

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Unique ID: LEIC-5C4051

Object type certainty: Certain
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Early medieval (Viking) lead alloy weight, 21mm in diameter, 8mm thick and weighing 11.39grams.

The object is roughly circular in form and rectangular in cross section with rounded sides. It has a slightly concave lower surface with a cresecnt shaped depression, probably accidental. Its upper surface is slightly concvex and has a centrally placed orange stone chip inlaid into it.

The only other objects of this nature recorded here are LVPL-AA5D02 and NLM-ACB318, these are more likely to be gaming counters given their form. Various weights with the same form as this object have been found at Torksey, Lincs; Woodstown, Eire, and some with depressions suggesting inlay at Kaupang, Norway. Skre, D. Means of exhange, Kaupang excavation volume 2. 2008. p173.

Find of note status

This has been noted as an interesting find by the recorder.

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
Ascribed Culture: Viking
Date from: Circa AD 850
Date to: Exactly AD 1100

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Thickness: 8 mm
Weight: 11.39 g
Diameter: 21 mm

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Thursday 5th October 2017 - Thursday 5th October 2017

Personal details

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Recorded by: Ms Elisabeth Janovsky
Identified by: Wendy Scott

Materials and construction

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

Spatial metadata

Region: East Midlands (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Leicestershire (County)
District: Charnwood (District)
Parish or ward: Shepshed (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: SK4919
Four figure Latitude: 52.76638358
Four figure longitude: -1.27522934
1:25K map: SK4919
1:10K map: SK41NE
Grid reference source: Centred on field
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 100 metre square.

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Audit data

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

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