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Record ID: BERK-44881E
Object type: AWL
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: Oxfordshire
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A complete copper alloy awl / leather working tool of uncertain date, possibly Bronze Age but concievably Roman or medieval. The awl is in very good condition with a nice deep green patina. The awl has a square cross section. One end tapers to a sharp point and the other flattens in to a blunt end, similar to a chisel. There are some scratches on the rounded end. Some awls may have been hafted in to a wooden or bone handle however this example was probably used in the hand without hafting as both ends of the awl are useful, practical tools. From the PAS website: (http://finds.org.…
Created on: Tuesday 21st November 2017
Last updated: Monday 29th January 2018
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Steventon', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: BERK-1D247E
Object type: CASTING WASTE
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: Oxfordshire
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An unidentified copper alloy object, probably a fragment of casting debris from metal working in a mould and comprising a probable well and diagonal runner. The date is uncertain. The object is cone-shaped with a flaw in one side. The top of the casting jet is deeply pitted in places. Although it is not possible to identify the period with certainty, the patina suggests it may date from the Bronze Age to Roman period.
Created on: Thursday 27th April 2017
Last updated: Thursday 27th April 2017
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Record ID: BERK-869C5B
Object type: CASTING WASTE
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: Oxfordshire
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A fragment of probably casting waste, probably of Roman or early medieval date. The fragment is tear-drop shaped in plan and convexed on the front, with no decoration visible. The reverse is broadly flat but uneven and with a upright spur reminiscent of a brooch's catchplate. However the poor quality of casting and lack of evidence for finishing suggests that this may be a waste product rather than a formal object. Suggested date AD 43-700.
Created on: Monday 6th February 2017
Last updated: Friday 24th March 2017
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Record ID: BERK-969C15
Object type: WEIGHT
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: Oxfordshire
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A worn and crudely made Roman or Medieval lead weight. weighing 1032 grains / 2.36 oz / 66.9 grams. The weight is conical and roughly cast with a circular base that has a small circular depression off centre. The apex has a hole suggesting it had a loop attachement, so it may have been used with a steelyard scale rather than pan scales, however the weight would have functioned on either.
Created on: Thursday 8th December 2016
Last updated: Tuesday 13th December 2016
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Steventon', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: BERK-7C4FE6
Object type: AWL
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: Oxfordshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A complete and unusually large cast copper alloy awl of uncertain date. The awl has a square cross section, tapering either end, one to a squared pointed terminal, the other to a round-sectioned point. This example measures 100mm in length, over twice the length of most examples recorded on this database. These objects are extremely hard to date without contextual association; they could date anywhere from the Bronze Age through to the Medieval period, however this example could be Late Iron Age or Roman in date due to the patina when compared to other finds from the same area.
Created on: Wednesday 7th December 2016
Last updated: Tuesday 13th December 2016
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Record ID: BERK-6B3F52
Object type: MOUNT
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: Oxfordshire
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A cast copper alloy mount of uncertain use or date. The mount is disc-shaped in plan and the front is crudely decorated with multiple incised vertical and horizontal lines arranged to be akin to a cross crosslet-type design. On the reverse of the mount is a thick integral shank that may have fitted into a leather strap. There is also a short, C-sectioned projection from one edge of the reverse. This appears incomplete so it is uncertain what its purpose is, however it may be the remains of a hinge, possibly for a horse harness pendant, with the disc being the strap fitting mount. Sugg…
Created on: Tuesday 6th December 2016
Last updated: Friday 6th January 2017
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Record ID: BERK-754541
Object type: WEIGHT
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: Oxfordshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A lead alloy weight of probable medieval or post-medieval date. The weight is biconvex / globular with a rounded perforation through the centre. There is no decoration. Weights could be used for a variety of purposes including for hunting nets or fishing, as curtain weights or indeed weighing goods. Without context they are very hard to assign to a specific period however the quality of the moulding of this example suggests a post-medieval or even modern date.
Created on: Wednesday 19th October 2016
Last updated: Wednesday 19th October 2016
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Record ID: BERK-813B36
Object type: STRAP FITTING
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: West Berkshire
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An incomplete cast copper alloy strap fitting of uncertain, but probable medieval date. The strap fitting has a flat lentoid-shaped body with two rivets holes to secure the fitting to a strap. At one end of the fitting is a round-sectioned hook separated from the flat body by three raised collars; the hook bends towards the underside of the mount and appears incomplete The patina of the object is a bright greyish blue, unusualt for a medieval object from this area and more suggestive of a Roman date, so the dating of this hook is somewhat problematic. Similar mounts are known as 't…
Created on: Thursday 1st September 2016
Last updated: Monday 5th September 2016
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Record ID: BERK-332A86
Object type: TOILET ARTICLE
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: West Berkshire
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A copper alloy bar of uncertain date. The bar is oval in section; one end narrows to a flat end with a slight curve while the other narrows to a thinner oval sectioned terminal. There are no distinguishing marks or features however it has been suggested that this may be a toilet article such as an ear scoop or nail cleaner. The slight red-tinge to the metal may suggest a post-medieval date, but this is far from certain.
Created on: Tuesday 16th August 2016
Last updated: Wednesday 14th September 2016
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Record ID: BERK-078302
Object type: UNIDENTIFIED OBJECT
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: Oxfordshire
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An incomplete, possibly cut, cast copper alloy object of uncertain use and date, but potentially either later Early-medieval or a post-medieval revival piece. The object is flat but is curved like a horn with a squared terminal 16.7mm wide, while the thinner end is 7.4mm wide. This end is broken. There is a sprue of metal bent up and curved from one edge, which does not appear to have any decorative features and seems to be another element of the object. Both faces of the 'horn' are intricately decorated with scolled leaves and vines with a beast at the wider terminal; each beast is …
Created on: Tuesday 2nd August 2016
Last updated: Tuesday 13th September 2016
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Record ID: BERK-894FD9
Object type: INGOT
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: Oxfordshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
An incomplete large copper alloy ingot of uncertain date. The ingot has been formed in a sub-rectangular mould resulting in the flat 'top' of the ingot being narrower than the uneven base; the sides therefore are slightly bevelled as are the corners. While one end of the ingot is flat (from the mould edges) the other end is uneven and there is evidence that part of this end has been cut or sliced. One one long edge of the ingot there is a vertical linear indentation, possibly an intentional marker; there is a second similar indentation close to the edge of the possible cut. What may b…
Created on: Wednesday 27th July 2016
Last updated: Tuesday 2nd August 2016
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Record ID: BERK-973BDA
Object type: VESSEL
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: Oxfordshire
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A fragment of blue-green glass, plano-convex in section and circular in plan. The glass has a flat underside with what appears to be a type of silvery solder adhering to it. There are a few small air bubbles within the glass, which shows it was blown rather than moulded and this may suggest a Roman date, however this is far from certain.
Created on: Thursday 9th June 2016
Last updated: Friday 10th June 2016
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Record ID: BERK-4BFFEB
Object type: UNIDENTIFIED OBJECT
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: Oxfordshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A tear-droped shaped lead alloy object, variously described as Roman vessel escutcheon filling, or a weight or palm guard of medieval or post-medieval date. The object has a flat face and curved reverse. There are several similar items recorded on this database that show similar lead fillings within a copper alloy vessel escutcheon (see for example DUR-838BB5, YORYM-67F775, GLO-166FE4 and BERK-873B70), however where they appear without a copper alloy casing they are frequently recorded as weights, some of which have suspension loops which this example doesn't. The vessel escutcheon fil…
Created on: Wednesday 6th April 2016
Last updated: Friday 24th February 2017
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Record ID: BERK-F8FB6E
Object type: UNIDENTIFIED OBJECT
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: Oxfordshire
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An incomplete cooper alloy object of uncertain date and function. The object is now bent into an almost U-shape, with the bottom edge the longest. The object is a strip with tapering ends, one end tapering to a point the other a blunt end - this blunt end is thicker in section than the opposing end. There is no decoration or sign of fitting points or attachment, and although the outer patina suggests a Roman date the inner patina suggests a medieval date. This may have been a strap or box fitting but in its current state it is not possible to comprehensively identifiy or date this object.
Created on: Monday 1st February 2016
Last updated: Tuesday 2nd February 2016
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Record ID: BERK-7929BA
Object type: VESSEL
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: Oxfordshire
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A fragment of the rim and part of the wall of a thin sheet copper alloy object of uncertain form and date, possibly a vessel or intended vessel repair. The fragment is in the form of a strip with one long edge having been folded over and hammered flat to form what is interpreted here as the rim. Although the strip is broadly rectangular it appears to have been part of a bigger sheet. The object may be of Roman date in view of other finds in the vicinity and its patina but it could be much later.
Created on: Tuesday 26th January 2016
Last updated: Wednesday 27th January 2016
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Record ID: BERK-02CAEE
Object type: BEAD
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: Hampshire
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A cast copper-alloy bead of uncertain date, probably Middle Bronze Age to Late Iron Age (c. 1500 - 50 BC). It is lentoid in section with a large central circular perforation with an inner diameter of 5.1 mm. The surfaces have the remains of a very worn brown-green patina as well as large areas of active copper-alloy corrosion. The patina suggests a Bronze Age date, however without contextual association it is not possible to confidently assign an accurate date.
Created on: Tuesday 15th December 2015
Last updated: Wednesday 16th December 2015
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Record ID: BERK-CAB7CD
Object type: WEIGHT
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: West Berkshire
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An incomplete lead alloy conical weight of probable medieval or post-medieval date. The weight has a broken apex that may have contained a hook of possibly an intergral loop for suspension. There is a distinct band around the middle circumference of the weight, probably formed during production rather than being intentionally decorative. These objects are difficult to date without contextual association as artefacts of this simple type were in use for hundreds of years. However looking at other dated examples this object is likely to date from c. AD 1200-1700. It weighs 41 grams, or j…
Created on: Wednesday 18th November 2015
Last updated: Thursday 19th November 2015
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Record ID: BERK-9E2A2A
Object type: UNIDENTIFIED OBJECT
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: Oxfordshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A veruy worn and corroded and incomplete copper alloy object, with iron catch and shank. The opbject is broadly pelta-shaped - it may be a very worn plate brooch of possibly a decorative harness or strap fitting, possibly dating to the second or third century AD. Parallels are being sought.
Created on: Tuesday 11th August 2015
Last updated: Wednesday 16th August 2017
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Record ID: BERK-8A684F
Object type: UNIDENTIFIED OBJECT
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: Oxfordshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A copper alloy pin or stud, possibly a furniture fitting of Roman or medieval date. The fitting has a large undecorated globular head with a rectangular sectioned tapering shank protruding from underneath. On one side of the shank are seven horizontal grooves, mostly equidistant from one another. Thes grooves may be functional rather than purely decorative, possibly being notches to hold the fitting in place when inserted into furniture, for example.
Created on: Monday 10th August 2015
Last updated: Monday 18th January 2016
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Record ID: BERK-33E297
Object type: BEAD
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: Hampshire
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A cast copper-alloy bead of Bronze Age or later date. It is biconical in form with flattened top and bottom with a large central circular perforation with an inner diameter of 7.2mm. The surfaces have the remains of a very worn dark green patina as well as large areas of active copper-alloy corrosion; one side of the bead has more patina remaining than the other. This bead could be of Bronze Age or later date, with the patina suggesting a Bronze Age date, however without contextual association it is not possible to confidently assign an accurate date.
Created on: Thursday 6th August 2015
Last updated: Monday 24th August 2015
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