DEV-279513: Medieval lead alloy pilgrim badge; St. Giles

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Unique ID: DEV-279513

Object type certainty: Certain
Workflow status: Published Find published

A complete cast lead alloy late medieval pilgrim badge depicting Saint Giles, probably dating to c. AD 1200-1300. The badge consists of a rectangular plate with a sub-circular sewing loop projecting from each corner. A further large sub-circular projection at one short end accomodates the halo'd head of the saint, who is depicted standing, bearded and tonsured with his head within a beaded halo. The saint holds a crozier in his left hand and with his right is obscured but is probably raised in blessing (by comparison to other examples). The base of the saint's vestments are filled with cross hatching. His left arm is draped with a maniple with tassled fringe, whilst a deer, likely a hind, stands below. A simplistic plant grows in the left, below the Saint's right arm, with each branch ending in a rounded terminal. Below the Saint is a rectangular field containing the inscription: S' EG(I)DI.

Dimensions: Length 51.2mm; Width 23.7mm; thickness 1.3mm; weight 7.3g.

Spencer (2010: 237-239, nos. 246, 246a-e) publishes a range of extremely comparable badges excavated in Medieval contexts from London. He notes how such badges most likely date to the 13th century and originated in St. Gilles-du-Gard in Southern France, at its most popular as a site of pilgrimage between 1150 and 1250, and unusually going into rapid decline after the 13th century.


Both the artefact and its condition are unusual for the area and context in which it was found.

Find of note status

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

Inscription: S' EG(I)DI

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: MEDIEVAL
Period from: MEDIEVAL
Period to: MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 1200
Date to: Circa AD 1300

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 51.2 mm
Width: 23.7 mm
Thickness: 1.3 mm
Weight: 7.3 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Sunday 25th March 2018 - Sunday 25th March 2018

Personal details

Found by: This information is restricted for your login.
Recorded by: Mr Andy Robinson
Identified by: Mr Andy Robinson

Other reference numbers

Other reference: NAD456

Materials and construction

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

Spatial metadata

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

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: ST7802
Four figure Latitude: 50.8171234
Four figure longitude: -2.31365899
1:25K map: ST7802
1:10K map: ST70SE
Grid reference source: From finder
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 1 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
General landuse: Cultivated land

References cited

No references cited so far.

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Audit data

Recording Institution: DEV
Created: About one year ago
Updated: 4 months ago

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