YORYM-6038EE: Medieval to post-medieval : Stylus

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STYLUS

Unique ID: YORYM-6038EE

Object type certainty: Certain
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A complete lead-alloy possible stylus of medieval to post-medieval date, c.AD 1200 -1800. The object is square in section tapering to a blunted point at one end and is flat at the other. It is undecorated.

The metal has a mid-white patina and is worn. The object is 71.5mm long, 9.6mm wide, 8.9mm thick and weighs 47.8g.

Styli of lead are known to have been in use from the Medieval to post-medieval periods and are thought to have been used as often for on-site tasks demanding functional literacy as for more formal writing tasks. Iron and copper alloy styli are more likely to date to the Roman and Early-Medieval period.

Egan (1998) illustrates similar lead styli, p.271, fig.209, nos.892-896 which come from mid-12th to mid-14th century contexts.

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder

Chronology

Broad period: MEDIEVAL
Period from: MEDIEVAL
Period to: POST MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 1200
Date to: Circa AD 1800

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 71.5 mm
Width: 9.6 mm
Thickness: 8.9 mm
Weight: 47.8 g

Personal details

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Recorded by: Mrs Rebecca Griffiths
Identified by: Mrs Rebecca Griffiths

Other reference numbers

Other reference: YMT : E05790

Materials and construction

Primary material: Lead Alloy
Completeness: Complete

Spatial metadata

Region: Yorkshire and the Humber (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: North Yorkshire (County)
District: Ryedale (District)
Parish or ward: Habton (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: SE7876
Four figure Latitude: 54.17387198
Four figure longitude: -0.80658078
1:25K map: SE7876
1:10K map: SE77NE
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: Character undetermined

References cited

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Recording Institution: YORYM
Created: 4 months ago
Updated: 4 months ago

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