LANCUM-087599: Lead plumb bob or fishing weight

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Unique ID: LANCUM-087599

Object type certainty: Certain
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Incomplete lead plumb bob or fishing weight of medieval date (c. 1100 - 1500 AD). The object is oblong in form, with facetted faces creating a lozenge-shaped section. There is a forked spur at the top of the object which is all that remains of the original suspension loop; the broken ends are worn. The surface of the object is embellished with a raised design: on one face, transverse lines extend from a wide central ridge to the outer edge; on the other face, one side of the wide central ridge has a zig-zag pattern running down the face, while the other side is divided by a further longitudinal ridge from which transverse lines erratically extend. There is a small drilled hole towards the top of the object on one side which has not perforated through; the significance of this is unclear. The object has a light brown patina. It is 51.64mm in length, 22.22mm in width and 12.55mm in thickness. It weighs 58.22g.

There are a number of similar objects recorded on the database, including: LANCUM-7C2593, LVPL-3DC47D, LVPL-45A039 and WMID-074743.

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: MEDIEVAL
Period from: MEDIEVAL
Period to: MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 1100
Date to: Circa AD 1500

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 51.64 mm
Width: 22.22 mm
Thickness: 12.55 mm
Weight: 58.22 g

Personal details

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

Other reference numbers

Other reference: N5173

Materials and construction

Primary material: Lead
Decoration style: Linear
Completeness: Incomplete

Spatial metadata

Region: North West (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Lancashire (County)
District: Ribble Valley (District)
Parish or ward: Rimington (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: SD8146
Four figure Latitude: 53.90980174
Four figure longitude: -2.29070988
1:25K map: SD8146
1:10K map: SD84NW
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: 4 months ago
Updated: 4 months ago

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