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Unique ID: LANCUM-F3251A

Object type certainty: Certain
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Cast lead alloy or lead, perforated circular probable weight or spindle whorl of medieval to post-medieval date 1400 - 1800AD. The weight has a circular perforation. The weight has a series of raised lines along the circumference of both faces which differ. These may indicate that the weight was something akin to the modern LANCUM-F199F4, and used in a similar way. The metal's appearance suggests it is Post Medieval. However it could well date back to the medieval period. The diameter is 30mm and the weight 2.85g.

In the "Finds Recording Guide", Geake (2001, p66) points out that: "The function of lead weights would have varied, from spindle-whorls to fishing weights to trade weights." She adds that spindle whorls should ideally be circular and must have a central perforation (ibid.). It is possible, therefore, that this lead weight is a spindle whorl. At the Austin Friary in Leicester (see Mellor and Pearce, 1981), a decorated whorl was found, still on its spindle, in a 13th to 15th century context. However, Geake (ibid.) states: "Dating of lead whorls is difficult. The drop spindle with which they were used continued in use until the end of the Medieval period in London and Winchester (Egan, 1998, "The Medieval Household: Daily Living c1150 - c1450", 255-261; and Biddle, 1990, "Object and Economy in Medieval Winchester"), and for perhaps a century longer in Norfolk (Margeson, 1993, "Norwich Households: Medieval and Post Medieval finds from Norwich Survey Excavations 1971 - 78",184-5)." She adds that, in Cottam in East Yorkshire, detectorists found decorated whorls in ploughsoil over the site of Roman buildings (Geake, ibid.).

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder

Chronology

Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
Period from: MEDIEVAL
Period to: POST MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 1400
Date to: Circa AD 1800

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Weight: 2.85 g
Diameter: 30 mm

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Tuesday 5th June 2018 - Tuesday 5th June 2018

Personal details

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Recorded by: Mr Stuart Noon
Identified by: Mr Stuart Noon
Secondary identifier: Mr Stuart Noon

Materials and construction

Primary material: Lead Alloy
Completeness: Complete

Spatial metadata

Region: North West (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Lancashire (County)
District: Chorley (District)
Parish or ward: Coppull (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: SD5713
Four figure Latitude: 53.61177577
Four figure longitude: -2.65141842
1:25K map: SD5713
1:10K map: SD51SE
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
Specific landuse: Minimal cultivation

References cited

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Audit data

Recording Institution: LANCUM
Created: 5 months ago
Updated: 5 months ago

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