SOM-2B30C4: Medieval to Post-Medieval probable mis-cast vessel leg

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Unique ID: SOM-2B30C4

Object type certainty: Probably
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A probable miscast Medieval to Post-medieval copper alloy pot-leg or foot, retaining a large casting sprue, probably dating to c. AD 1200-1800. The object comprises of a sub-pentagonal element at one end, sub-rectangular in cross section, but with a pronounced central ridge on one face. This section measures 35.9mm long, 32.2mm wide by 16.8mm thick. Expanding from the pointed terminal of this section is a long sub-rectangular sprue c. 48.4mm long, 13.8mm wide and 8.1mm thick, with an irregular surface. The object is incomplete, terminating an a worn break at its broad end.

Overall dimensions: length 86.4mm; width 32.2mm; thickness 16.8mm; weight 106.10g.

Although this identification is tentative, the object appears to be a miscast or unfinished fragment of a pot-fot, probably Butler, Green & Payne's (2009) type A. Whilst the legs were luted onto large vessels such as cauldrons, skillets and vessels of comparable size were cast as one in an upside-down mould (Butler & Green 2003: 26), possibly explaining the unusual sprue.

Class: Pot foot/leg

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
Period from: POST MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 1200
Date to: Circa AD 1700

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 86.4 mm
Width: 32.2 mm
Thickness: 16.8 mm
Weight: 106.1 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Saturday 1st July 2017 - Thursday 2nd November 2017

Personal details

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Recorded by: Mr Wil Partridge
Identified by: Mr Wil Partridge
Secondary identifier: Ms Ciorstaidh Hayward Trevarthen

Other reference numbers

Other reference: SCC receipt: 019481

Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy
Completeness: Incomplete

Spatial metadata

Region: South East (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Hampshire (County)
District: Winchester (District)
Parish or ward: Wonston (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: SU4843
Four figure Latitude: 51.18422144
Four figure longitude: -1.31461722
1:25K map: SU4843
1:10K map: SU44SE
Grid reference source: From finder
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 100 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
General landuse: Cultivated land

References cited

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Audit data

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

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