SOM-F749F6: Bronze sword or spear tip

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Unique ID: SOM-F749F6

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A Medieval or Post Medieval cast copper alloy pot leg, dating to c. AD1200-1700. The foot is U-shaped viewed from the front and sub-triangular in cross-section. The inner surface is broadly flat becoming convex at the base. The outer surface has a raised rib running along its length, just left of centre. It has an old break at the top. The bottom is rounded and worn and the foot is missing. It is covered by a green and black patina.

Dimensions: length: 19.7mm, width (at top): 6.6mm, thickness at base: 4.1mm, thickness at top: 5.2mm. Weight: 6.63g.

Crudely made cast copper alloy vessels were widely used from c.1200-1700 for serving and cooking. Butler et al (2009:4) suggest there were four main types of leg used. This is an example of type A, which they suggest was widespread in the Medieval period, with some examples continuing into the early 17th century (ibid).

Class: Pot leg/foot
Sub class: Butler, Green and Payne, type A

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


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

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 19.7 mm
Width: 19.7 mm
Thickness: 5.3 mm
Weight: 6.63 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Saturday 20th May 2017 - Saturday 20th May 2017

Personal details

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Recorded by: Mr Andrew Williams
Identified by: Mr Andrew Williams

Other reference numbers

Other reference: SCC receipt: 017391

Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy
Completeness: Fragment

Spatial metadata

Region: South West (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Somerset (County)
District: South Somerset (District)
To be known as: Shepton Beauchamp

Spatial coordinates

Grid reference source: GPS (from the finder)
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 1 metre square.

References cited

Author Publication Year Title Publication Place Publisher Pages Reference
Butler, R., Green, C. and Payne, N. 2009 Cast Copper-Alloy Cooking Vessels Finds Research Group 700-1700 Datasheet 41 4-6 4

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Audit data

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

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