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Record ID: SOM-2D5C5A
Object type: BEAD
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: Devon
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Sub-spherical fired clay bead of uncertain date. The bead is circular in cross section and slightly flattened top and bottom with a circular hole 3.0mm in diameter running through it. It is fairly soft fired and bright orange in colour, there are possible traces of a dark surface, glazing or painting. It is 11.1mm in diameter and 8.4mm wide and weighs 1.07g. Due to the plainess of this item it is hard to suggest a date but such beads are known from the Roman period onwards.
Created on: Monday 20th November 2017
Last updated: Thursday 23rd November 2017
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Record ID: SOM-B8C317
Object type: STEELYARD WEIGHT
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: Somerset
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Lead weight, probably from a steelyard as it has a loop at the top for suspension, possibly of Roman date. The weight has a flat base and top and is oval in plan with sloping sides so the top is smaller than the base. From the centre of the top projects a tab, rectangular in cross section and D-shaped in profile with a small circular hole through it at the top, now bent over slightly. The sides are decorated with raised lines: regularly saced lines run from the top to the base all the way aorund and then are crossed by several curved lines making a design almost like overlapping arches…
Created on: Wednesday 15th November 2017
Last updated: Wednesday 15th November 2017
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Trudoxhill CP', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SOM-B88586
Object type: WEIGHT
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: Somerset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Lead piriform (drop shaped) weight of uncertain, Roman- Post Medieval date. The weight is circular in cross section with a conical upper part and hemispherical base with a slightly flattened lower surface allowing it to sit upright. At the top point it extends up into a globular perminal which appears bent over to one side and possibly truncated at the top. The weight could be suspended from the groove between the main weight and this globular terminal . The upper, conical, part of the main weigt is decorated with eight incised grooves running around it, the upper four in a spiral the …
Created on: Wednesday 15th November 2017
Last updated: Wednesday 15th November 2017
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Trudoxhill CP', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SOM-B80FC6
Object type: HASP
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: Somerset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Fragment of a copper alloy object, possibly a hasp. The piece has a thin front plate which is now rectangular in plan with parallel sides and probably brocken edges top and bottom suggesting it was part of a longer strip originally. The front is plain and very smoothly finished. Projecting from the centre of the back is an integrally cast loop, U-shaped in profile and circular in cross section. The fragment is 22.1mm long, 13.8mm wide and 8.5mm thick, 0.9mm thick excluding the loop. It weighs 1.91g. While the general form is right for a hasp the small size of the loop and it circular …
Created on: Monday 9th October 2017
Last updated: Monday 9th October 2017
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Record ID: SOM-C4D42E
Object type: UNIDENTIFIED OBJECT
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: Somerset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Cast copper alloy fragment of an unidentified object, possibly Roman. The piece is one corner of a larger object with two straight sides meeting at a right angle. Both sides meet in an old break so the complete dimensions are unclear. The back is flat and the front slightly convex. There is a circular rivet hole though the corner where the sides meet. The longer side has a bevel along the straight edge starting just after the corner and interrupted by at least two regularly spaced triangles which are not bevelled and as thick as the rest of the piece. The edge opposite this bevelled si…
Created on: Friday 15th September 2017
Last updated: Saturday 16th September 2017
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Carhampton', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SOM-D16F9B
Object type: WEIGHT
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: Devon
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Lead spindle whorl or weight. The object is plano-convex and sub-circular with a flat base, domed top and an irregular oval outline. There is a circular hole through the centre, top to botton 8.1mm in diameter. The entire piece is 25.2mm by 22.4mm and 10.9mm thick and weighs 20.64g. While lead spindle whorls are known from the late Early Medieval onwards, and the central hole is sufficiently large for this use, the irregular outline of this example, which would make the turn uneven, suggest it is more likely to be a weight. Lead weights were often homemade for weighing down a variety …
Created on: Monday 4th September 2017
Last updated: Monday 4th September 2017
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Record ID: SOM-F369C6
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: Somerset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A stone spindle whorl of unknown date. The spindle whorl is 32.1mm in diameter, circular in plan. In profile it is bi-conical with a flattened top and bottom and distinct ridge around the centre. 18.6mm high. Both faces of the spindle whorl are flat and undecorated. A straight sided, circular perforation 5.9mm in diameter runs through, slightly off centre, for attachment to a wooden spindle. It weighs 22.77 grams. The stone is dark grey in colour with a distinct laminar structure, the softer layers of which have preferrentialy weathered. It has been identified by Dennis Parsons as a S…
Created on: Monday 31st July 2017
Last updated: Friday 4th August 2017
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Record ID: SOM-39BB2E
Object type: OVEN
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: Somerset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
56 pieces of burnt clay of total weight 800 grams, possibly from an oven of uncertain date. The clay is amorphous with only a few voids from organic inclusions or imprints as one sees on daub. There is no evidence of layering as one might expect in a kiln, furnace or cob. Occasional small rounded iron stone inclusions and very small chalk or limestone inclusions almost certainly reflect natural inclusons in the clay rather than temper. The pieces are all amorphous and friable with angluar fractures on all faces. Only two have small areas of surface, smoothed but poorly finished with cr…
Created on: Tuesday 4th April 2017
Last updated: Tuesday 4th April 2017
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Record ID: SOM-23470E
Object type: UNIDENTIFIED OBJECT
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: Somerset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Fragment of a worked stone of uncertain date and function, possibly a whetstone as it appears too thin for a quern. The stone is a well cemented and sorted medium to fine grain sandstone. The fragment is roughly triangular with breaks on all sides and flat top and bottom faces. Across one face is a deep, straight, semi-circular sectioned groove running from one side to the other. On the other face is a shallow, curved, similarly sectioned groove which deepens from one edge to the other and may indicate the piece was used with a rotation action. The fragment is 78.7mm long, and a ma…
Created on: Monday 3rd April 2017
Last updated: Monday 10th April 2017
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Near Wincanton', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SOM-2316B4
Object type: QUERN
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: Somerset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Fragment of a rotary quern of uncertain date. Made of well cemented and sorted medium to fine grain sandstone. The fragment is part of one side of the quern and does not extend to the middle hole so the dimensions of the entire stone are unclear. The quern stone is flat with a convex rounded edge and one face wider than the other. The wider face meets the side at a sharp angle and is pecked and roughened and presumably the grinding surface. The other face is smooth like the rounded edge. It is 75.6mm long, and a maximum of 67.8mm wide and 36.5mm thick; it weighs 317 grams. The orig…
Created on: Monday 3rd April 2017
Last updated: Monday 10th April 2017
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Near Wincanton', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SOM-22CE2A
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: Somerset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
One end of a whetstone made of well cemented and sorted medium grain sandstone. The whetstone is sub-square to D-shaped in section with rounded corners, particularly two adjacent corners, and a bar shape with irregular broken ends. The more rounded corners are probably from use. It is 38.7mm long, and a maximum of 26.7mm by 24.1mm; it weighs 37.0 grams. It is not a local rock but maybe Devonian (D. Parsons pers comm) and traded fairly locally. Whetstones are known to have been used from the Bronze Age onwards and continued to be used for scythes and other tools into the 20th centu…
Created on: Monday 3rd April 2017
Last updated: Monday 10th April 2017
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Near Wincanton', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SOM-22AB88
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: Somerset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
One end of a whetstone made of well cemented and sorted fine grain sandstone. The whetstone is sub-square in section with rounded corners and an bar shape with one angled end and irregular broken end. Three sides seem smoother from use. It is 88.4mm long, and a maximum of 30.2mm by 25.5mm; it weighs 121 grams. It is not a local rock but maybe Devonian (D. Parsons pers comm) and traded fairly locally. Whetstones are known to have been used from the Bronze Age onwards and continued to be used for scythes and other tools into the 20th century. A Roman, Medieval or Post Medieval date …
Created on: Monday 3rd April 2017
Last updated: Monday 10th April 2017
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Near Wincanton', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SOM-A71ADE
Object type: BEAD
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: Somerset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A spherical lead bead or weight with a narrow hole through it. The piece is slightly sub-spherical with flattened top and bottom. There is old damage to one side, possibly from the plough and indented lines and dots which may be deliberate decoration or damage. A hole 1.8mm in diameter goes through from top to bottom. The piece is 19.6mm in diameter and 16.8mm high. It weighs 34.31g. The decoration on this piece is possibly accidental but the hole is clearly deliberate. It would allow the weight or bead to be strung on a thin cord. The size may suggest it is modified musket shot. Su…
Created on: Thursday 16th March 2017
Last updated: Monday 27th March 2017
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'West Bagborough CP', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SOM-EFBABA
Object type: GAMING PIECE
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: Somerset
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Circular lead piece of uncertain function, possibly a gaming counter of uncertain, Roman - Post Medieval date. The piece is disciodal with straight sides and a raised design of four ovals arranged in a square with an indented concave sided cross between them and indented border. Each raised oval has a slight central indent. On the back there are oval depressions corresponding to the raised areas on the front. The pice is 32.4mm in diameter, 6.9mm in thickness and weighs 31.8 grams. The piece appears to large to be a token and has no obvious markings as a weight although it could be a…
Created on: Thursday 23rd February 2017
Last updated: Thursday 23rd February 2017
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Record ID: SOM-4C02C8
Object type: INGOT
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: Somerset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Fragment of an amorphous lump of copper alloy. The piece has an irregular form with perhaps one curved side which may be the original edge. One face is very irregular with deep pits. The other, convex face is more even and may be part of the original surface with ca slight ridge follwoing the line of the possible original edge where the convex side meets the flatter 'top'. The piece is 115mm long, 74mm wide, 39.3mm thick and weighs 710 grams. The size, irregular base and this ridge make it unlike Bronze Age 'bun' shaped or plano-convex ingots, the date is therefore uncertain.
Created on: Tuesday 10th January 2017
Last updated: Thursday 12th January 2017
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Ash Priors CP', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SOM-3B599E
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: Somerset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A cast lead weight or possibly spindle whorl. It is circular and has a domed top and flat base giving it an almost hemi-spherical shape. There is a circularl hole running through the centre expanding towards the base. The sides are plain with no clear decoration, although worn and slightly irregular. There is modern damage to the base. The piece is 29.1mm in diameter, 14.2mm thick and weights 47.64g, the hole is 6.7mm in diameter at the top, 12.2mm at the base. Plain spindle whorls and weights were cast locally in lead from the Roman period onwards and are hard to date precisely …
Created on: Monday 9th January 2017
Last updated: Thursday 12th January 2017
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Ash Priors CP', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SOM-5624F1
Object type: ARCHITECTURAL FRAGMENT
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: North Somerset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
One fragment of burnt clay which is probably a piece of daub. Orangey-pink external layer with buff areas. Sand inclusions, c.5% of total and occasional soft orange inclusions, fired daub or plaster. Irregular shape with a shallow C shaped groove, probably an impression from the wattle to which this would have been stuck. 13.97 grams. Such material is hard to date out of context and could be Iron Age - Post Medieval but given other material found near by it is probably Roman.
Created on: Wednesday 23rd November 2016
Last updated: Wednesday 23rd November 2016
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Kingston Seymour CP', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SOM-4C6441
Object type: STEELYARD WEIGHT
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: North Somerset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Cast lead alloy globular weight with the stubs of corroded iron suspension loops embedded at the top and bottom. The weight is now sub-spheircal with damaged areas at the base and top covered with iron corrosion. The stubs of loops appear to be made of circular sectioned wire which may run completely through the weight. The weight is 26.9mm in diameter, 22.3mm thick, excluding the loop, 26.1mm including and weighs 83.41 grams, just under 3 ounces. The loops suggest it or use with a steelyard. Similar bi-conical and globular lead weights with iron loops are usually dated to the Roman p…
Created on: Tuesday 22nd November 2016
Last updated: Thursday 24th November 2016
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Kingston Seymour CP', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SOM-4EDCF6
Object type: BEAD
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: North Somerset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Translucent pale blue-green (aqua) glass bead of uncertain date. The bead appears to be oval in plan and oval in section giving a globular shape with slightly flattened top and bottom. There is a circular hole through the centre with a slight chip to one side. Spiralling indented lines are visible on the end and sides where the glass was wound around a pontil to make the bead. The glass indents into the the holes at the end visible from the photo. The hole is 3mm in diameter. The bead is 10mm long and 12mm in diameter. The spiral lines suggest the bead was hand made by winding bu…
Created on: Tuesday 14th July 2015
Last updated: Tuesday 14th July 2015
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Record ID: SOM-5AB947
Object type: LAMP FITTING
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: Somerset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Copper alloy item of uncertain use, probably a candle or lamp holder and of uncertain date, possibly Roman or Medieval. The item appears almost complete and is made of four copper alloy pieces. At one end is a conical socket with an open end and a triangular gap down one side where the triangular sheet piece was rolled into a socket and the edges didn't fully join. It is possible this is a socket to go onto a woodern pole or handle as it does not have the more cylindrical section common on candlesticks but a function as a socket for a candle can't be ruled out. The cone is 18.8mm in d…
Created on: Wednesday 27th May 2015
Last updated: Sunday 7th February 2016
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'South Petherton CP', grid reference and parish protected.


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