LANCUM-5F0354: Lead gaming piece

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Unique ID: LANCUM-5F0354

Object type certainty: Probably
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Lead gaming piece or weight of uncertain date within the period c. 43 - 1500 AD. The object is circular with a flat bottom face and convex, decorative upper face. Raised lines extend from a central dome to the outer edge of the upper face; interspersed between these are raised circles. The sections between the transverse lines are also slightly domed. The object has a cream-coloured patina. A large section of the central dome on the upper face is chipped. Otherwise the object survives in good condition. The object is 25.88mm in diameter, 6.59mm in thickness and weighs 19g.

The overall form of this object suggests it was used either as a gaming piece or weight. The style of decoration in particular is reminiscent of the geometric designs commonly found on medieval lead spindle whorls. However, as no exact parallel has yet been found, the date range assigned to this object must be imprecise. Certainly, similar objects recorded on the database as gaming pieces or weights have been dated to the Roman period (NLM-949CA9, LVPL-4808B1, SWYOR-22CB72) and the early medieval period (NLM-FC459B), as well as the medieval period (YORYM-F37EA5).

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: UNKNOWN
Period from: ROMAN
Period to: MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 43
Date to: Circa AD 1500

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Thickness: 6.59 mm
Weight: 19 g
Diameter: 25.88 mm

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Sunday 24th June 2018

Personal details

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Recorded by: Miss Lydia Prosser
Identified by: Miss Lydia Prosser

Other reference numbers

Other reference: N5670

Materials and construction

Primary material: Lead
Completeness: Complete

Spatial metadata

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

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: SD5770
Four figure Latitude: 54.12404964
Four figure longitude: -2.65942995
1:25K map: SD5770
1:10K map: SD57SE
Grid reference source: GPS (from the 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: LANCUM
Created: 10 months ago
Updated: 10 months ago

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