WAW-BAA488: Early Medieval hammer

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Unique ID: WAW-BAA488

Object type certainty: Certain
Workflow status: Published Find 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 actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
Subperiod from: Middle
Subperiod to: Middle
Period to: MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 700
Date to: Circa AD 1400

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 76 mm
Width: 15.8 mm
Thickness: 14 mm
Weight: 57.02 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Tuesday 6th March 2018

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Other reference numbers

Other reference: Birm 675

Materials and construction

Primary material: Iron
Completeness: Complete

Spatial metadata

Region: West Midlands (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Warwickshire (County)
District: Stratford-on-Avon (District)
Parish or ward: Tysoe (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

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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Recording Institution: WAW
Created: 3 years ago
Updated: 3 years ago

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