SWYOR-B7CBBA: probable Post Medieval weight or net sinker

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Object type certainty: Probably
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A lead perforated weight of probably Post Medieval to Modern date, about AD 1500 - 1900. It is flat and rectangular in section, and an elongated octagon in plan. There is a keyhole shaped hole through the weight at one end (rounded at one end and narrower and rectangonal at the other); it is not clear whether it was always intended to be this shape, or whether it has been worn by suspension on a loop or rope. The edges and corners of the weight are worn and rounded. This may be from water damage, since the weight was found near a river. This has led to speculation that the weight may have been used on a boat or for weighing down a net as a net sinker. Unfortunately, no close parallel has been recorded on the PAS database, though LANCUM-FF7043 is an example of a net sinker in stone. It has a grey patina with dark brown colouration in any dimples. It is 129.2mm long, 80.7mm wide and 28mm thick. 1557g. The form is similar to NLM-55EB01 which speculates use as an agricultural machinery weight.

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
Period from: POST MEDIEVAL
Period to: MODERN
Date from: Circa AD 1500
Date to: Circa AD 1900

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 129.2 mm
Width: 80.7 mm
Thickness: 28 mm
Weight: 1557 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Tuesday 22nd May 2018

Personal details

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Recorded by: Ms Amy Downes
Identified by: Ms Amy Downes

Other reference numbers

Other reference: PAS form number 3171

Materials and construction

Primary material: Lead
Manufacture method: Cast
Completeness: Complete

Spatial metadata

Region: Yorkshire and the Humber (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: North Yorkshire (County)
District: Harrogate (District)
Parish or ward: North Stainley with Sleningford (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: SE3076
Four figure Latitude: 54.17891154
Four figure longitude: -1.54186705
1:25K map: SE3076
1:10K map: SE37NW
Grid reference source: From finder
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 1 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Other chance find
Discovery circumstances: Recovered from the conveyor belt at a quarry
General landuse: Other
Specific landuse: Mineral extraction

References cited

No references cited so far.

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Audit data

Recording Institution: SWYOR
Created: 7 months ago
Updated: 7 months ago

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