DEV-C5B8CF: Early Medieval to Medieval lead-filled copper alloy pan weight

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Unique ID: DEV-C5B8CF

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An early Medieval lead-filled copper alloy pan weight, probably dating to c. AD 950-1150. The weight consists of a lead-filled copper alloy sheath; it is circular in plan, with either face decorated with an openwork saltire of two opposing arches. The arches are further elaborated with an incised line following the arc, with the two lines joined at the centre by two further incised transverse lines, creating a central sub-square field, possibly intended as a rudimentary union knot. The weight is sub-rectangular in cross-section with rounded edges, and the lateral face is plain.

Dimensions: diameter 28.8mm; thickness 10.3mm; weight 46.50g.

This weight can be compared to openwork pan weights excavated in Winchester in 11th century contexts (Biddle 1990: 918, nos. 3192 & 3195), a further lead pan weight with a copper alloy sheath, although less decorative, was excavated in an early 13th century context at York, where it was interpretted as residual (Ottoway & Rogers 2002: 2953-2954, no. 15289). A number of similar weights have also been recorded on this database, cf. NMS-2FB546, HAMP-EEBC91 and SUR-14DD44.

Class: Pan weight

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Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
Period to: MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 950
Date to: Circa AD 1150

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Thickness: 10.3 mm
Weight: 46.5 g
Diameter: 28.8 mm

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

Other reference numbers

Other reference: SCC receipt: 019975

Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy
Secondary material: Lead
Completeness: Complete

Spatial metadata

Region: South West (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Dorset (County)
District: West Dorset (District)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: ST9102
Four figure Latitude: 50.81747396
Four figure longitude: -2.12912413
1:25K map: ST9102
1:10K map: ST90SW
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 10 metre square.

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