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Record ID: PUBLIC-FEA7E1
Object type: COSMETIC MORTAR
Broad period: IRON AGE
County: County of Herefordshire
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A cast copper alloy end-looped cosmetic mortar (also known as cosmetic grinder or woad grinder) of later Iron Age to early Roman date circa 100 BC - 200 AD. The cosmetic mortar in incomplete having eroded and corroded terminals which taper to blunt points. In plan it is broadly a pointed oval shape (elliptical) with distinct crescent shaped profile; in cross section it is U shaped. The end loop is lost through an old break it is cast in one piece with the rest of the mortar. On the upper edge of the mortar is the grinding area / surface that is elliptical (sub-oval) in plan. The grind…
Created on: Saturday 2nd April 2016
Last updated: Friday 12th January 2018
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Monnington', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: PUBLIC-7BC7A2
Object type: COSMETIC MORTAR
Broad period: IRON AGE
County: County of Herefordshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A copper-alloy end looped cosmetic mortar of Late Iron Age to Roman date. It has a triangular shaped bow, tapering towards its terminal end, that is V-shaped in section with a relatively deep central oval shaped groove on the interior surface. At one end is an integral oval loop with circular aperture and transverse notch along its underside where it joins the bow. The narrow terminal end has a single globular knop. The surface has a dark green patina with areas of bronze. It measures 79.6mm in length, 12.9mm in width, 22.2mm in height, 9.9mm in thickness and approximately 3mm in de…
Created on: Wednesday 19th October 2016
Last updated: Friday 12th January 2018
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Leintwardine', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: WAW-2DDCF5
Object type: COSMETIC MORTAR
Broad period: IRON AGE
County: County of Herefordshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Iron Age to Roman (-100 to 200) cosmetic mortar: The copper alloy mortar is crescentic in profile and an elongated pointed oval in plan whose terminals are slightly bulbous knops. In section the mortar has a 'V' shaped section which is narrow and quite shallow. On the outer face of the mortar, at the apex there is an incomplete integral loop. The side faces are undecorated. The surface of the mortar has traces of a mid blue/green patina otherwise it is heavily abraded. It measures 39.09mm long, 5.34mm thick at the centre and weighs 3.4g. Cosmetic mortars such as this would have for…
Created on: Saturday 19th April 2014
Last updated: Thursday 24th April 2014
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Record ID: HESH-51E201
Object type: COSMETIC MORTAR
Broad period: IRON AGE
County: County of Herefordshire
Workflow stage: Published Find published
Incomplete fragment from a cast copper alloy cosmetic mortar (also known as cosmetic or woad grinder) of late Iron Age to early Roman date circa 300 BC - 200 AD. The cosmetic mortar is incomplete - all that remains is the looped terminal and a small part of the grinding surface. The loop is cast integral to the body of the mortar and forms one of the terminals. Unusually for the type the loop has a uniform width and thickness; there is no form of junction where the loop returns and meets with the body of the grinder and no decorative motifs. The loop though the terminal is relatively …
Created on: Tuesday 1st December 2009
Last updated: Monday 9th September 2013
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Brampton Abbotts', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: HESH-A71501
Object type: COSMETIC MORTAR
Broad period: IRON AGE
County: County of Herefordshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Cast copper alloy cosmetic mortar (also known as cosmetic or woad grinder) of late Iron Age to early Roman date circa 300 BC - 200 AD. The cosmetic mortar has a plain bowed profile with an incomplete fragmentary loop at one terminal and a plain tapered terminal at the other. The mortar is sub-triangular (U shaped) in cross section. It has an elliptical or sub-oval plan with both end terminals tapering to blunt points. On the upper edge of the mortar is the grinding area / surface. This is elliptical (sub-oval) in plan and measures 33.7mm long, 4.3mm wide, and is 0.8mm deep. The grindin…
Created on: Monday 10th April 2006
Last updated: Thursday 24th February 2011
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Sutton', grid reference and parish protected.


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