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AMPULLA

Unique ID: SF-E3382E

Object type certainty: Certain
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A worn and abraded fragment originating from a pilgrim's ampulla dating to the Medieval period, c. 1350-1530. In plan it would originally have been flask-shaped, though now only part of one basal edge survives-with the rest of the body and side-lugs missing in old damage. Raised moulded decoration would originally have been visible on both faces of the ampulla, though now only one side can be discerned-on which is visible a scallop-shell design consisting closely spaced vertical ribs. Preserved in rather poor condition with a greyish patina, it survives to a length of 35.02mm, 12.02mm in width, and 8.45mm thick at its midpoint. It weighs 8.81g.

Ampullae were intended to hold holy water, being sold at many of the main pilgrimage sites in Britain. It is known that they were incorporated into the 'sprinkling of the fields' ceremony, where their contents were emptied onto land and the container discarded concurrently into the relevant field as a way of praying for good harvest.

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder

Chronology

Broad period: MEDIEVAL
Period from: MEDIEVAL
Period to: MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 1350
Date to: Circa AD 1530

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 35.02 mm
Width: 12.02 mm
Thickness: 8.45 mm
Weight: 8.81 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Monday 10th September 2018

Personal details

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Recorded by: Mr Alex Bliss
Identified by: Mr Alex Bliss

Materials and construction

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

Spatial metadata

Region: Eastern (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Suffolk (County)
District: Mid Suffolk (District)
To be known as: Worlingworth

Spatial coordinates


Grid reference source: Centred on field
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 100 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
General landuse: Cultivated land

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Recording Institution: SF
Created: 2 months ago
Updated: 2 months ago

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