YORYM-086AAB: Early-Medieval : Weight

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Unique ID: YORYM-086AAB

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A complete lead-alloy weight with copper-alloy inserts of Early-Medieval date, c.AD 800 - 1100. The weight is rectangular in both plan and section. One side is inset with a sub-circular disc of copper-alloy. The opposite side retains two inset ovate strips of copper-alloy, one placed diagonally slightly off centre, the other across the top edge of the first creating a disjointed T shape.

The remaining four sides of the weight are flat and undecorated though some pitting is present.

The weight is 18.1mm long, 15.2mm wide, 12.7mm thick and weighs 27.9g.

Viking weights are known from the Danelaw with coins (SWYOR-D00CF2) and other copper-alloy items (YORYM-9624E2) inset within them. These are usually circular or 'bun' shaped although square weights are known. The inset disc may be a coin though no detail remains which can sufficiently support this. Examples have also been recorded from the Viking winter camp at Torksey, Lincolnshire.

Such weights are an insular Viking phenomenon believed to have been used for weighing precious metals while trading in the Viking period. Standardised weight sets featuring polyhedral and truncated sphere weights were commonly used in Scandinavia and were brought over to England. The need for such objects increased leading to the production of these personalised weight sets which used fragmentary insular artefacts as decorative and identifiable insets.

Ref: Blackburn, M. (2011) The Viking Winter Camp at Torksey, 827-3. In: Blackburn, M ed. Viking Coinage and Currency in the British Isles. London: Spink, pp.221-264.

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 800
Date to: Circa AD 1100

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 18.1 mm
Width: 15.2 mm
Thickness: 12.7 mm
Weight: 27.9 g

Personal details

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

Other reference numbers

Other reference: YMT : E05904

Materials and construction

Primary material: Lead Alloy
Secondary material: Copper alloy
Completeness: Complete

Spatial metadata

Region: Yorkshire and the Humber (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: East Riding of Yorkshire (Unitary Authority)
District: East Riding of Yorkshire (Unitary Authority)
Parish or ward: Beswick (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: TA0148
Four figure Latitude: 53.91830582
Four figure longitude: -0.46366568
1:25K map: TA0148
1:10K map: TA04NW
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
Specific landuse: Character undetermined

References cited

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Updated: 6 days ago

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