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Unique ID: WAW-BAA488
Object type certainty: Certain
Workflow status: Published
Iron hammer head of probable Early Medieval or Medieval date. Rectangular section 14.8 x 12.8 thinning to form a flat sectioned (16.0 x 7.7mm) pane, the transition being marked by a tight curve behind the eye. The eye is oval, 13.0 x 7.2mm, The iron is exfoliating. Length 76.0mm, Mass 57.02g.
Iron tools are difficult to date but this hammer can be compared to examples from Old Saram, Wiltshire, dated to the 11th century and Wintringham, Cambridgeshire, early 14th century (Goodall 2011, Fig. 2.5, Nos 32 and 33). It can also be compared to hammers from the Tattershall Thorpe, Lincolnshire grave, dated to the 7th century (Leahy, 2003, Fig. 610. However, on each of these the transition between the head, and the narrow pane, is gradated and not, as in this case, a single step. A wide date range must be suggested.
Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder
Length: 76 mm
Width: 15.8 mm
Thickness: 14 mm
Weight: 57.02 g
Date(s) of discovery: Tuesday 6th March 2018
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Other reference: Birm 675
4 Figure: SP3442
Four figure Latitude: 52.07532538
Four figure longitude: -1.50533138
1:25K map: SP3442
1:10K map: SP34SW
Grid reference source: GPS (from the finder)
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 1 metre square.
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