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Record ID: SOM-A4BC67
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Dorset
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A complete lead-alloy spindle whorl of Medieval date, probably c.AD 1100 - 1300 but possibly as late as 1600. The spindle whorl is dome shaped (hemi-spherical) with a convex front and flat back and a central perforation (10.2mm diameter) running through it. . The upper surface is decorated with 11 large pellets. Six of these are spaced around the central hole to mark the points of a hexagon shape. Five further projecting knops are placed c3.7mm from these near the outside edge of the spindle whorl while a sixth appears to have been chipped away in an old scar. The pellets are placed w…
Created on: Tuesday 26th March 2019
Last updated: Wednesday 17th April 2019
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Record ID: SOM-511721
Object type: BULLA
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Dorset
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Half of a lead medieval papal bulla probably dating to c. AD 1187-1404. There is less than half remaining but the bulla was originally circular and flat with a hole down the middle for the cord. It has broken along this hole, presumably when it was removed from the document. The obverse with the papal name within a pellet border only has a small section of inscription left. It reads [...]/[...NS or US / [...]III. . The reverse shows St Paul with his pointy beard of lines within an oval border of pellets on the bottom half and the letters SPA above him, the rest of the design is missin…
Created on: Friday 22nd March 2019
Last updated: Wednesday 17th April 2019
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Record ID: DOR-7F029D
Object type: WEIGHT
Broad period: ROMAN
County: Dorset
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An incomplete lead and iron steelyard weight. The weight is bi-conical and there are remnants of iron wire suspension loops at either apex. Date: Possibly Roman - c. AD 43 - 410 Dimensions: 31.22 mm x 26.56 mm Weight: 82.62 g There are many similar examples recorded on the database, including NLM-98EBFF
Created on: Saturday 16th February 2019
Last updated: Monday 18th February 2019
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Record ID: DOR-7EED99
Object type: WEIGHT
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Dorset
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An incomplete lead and iron steelyard weight. The weight is conical with a circular depression in the base. At the top is the remnant of an iron wire suspension loop. The casting and finish are crude, leaving a rough surface. There is a diagonal gouged groove at one side. Date: Uncertain - c. 43 - 1750 AD. Dimensions: 32.20 mm x 25.10 mm Weight: 92.74 g There are many similar examples recorded on the database, including LANCUM-8AB064 where Lydia Prosser notes that it is unfortunately not possible to assign a more precise date range to this object; examples from dated contexts range fro…
Created on: Saturday 16th February 2019
Last updated: Monday 18th February 2019
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Record ID: DOR-7EBC99
Object type: WEIGHT
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Dorset
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A lead weight. A small conical weight with a slightly concave base and looped top. The sides are decorated with four, equally spaced vertical ridges. The top is pinched in to form a flat-sided, flat topped projecting tab with a small circular pierced hole. Date: Mediieval to Post Medieval - c. 1200 - 1600 Dimensions: 22.82 mm x 16.01 mm (diameter at base) Weight: 22.76 g A similar weight is recorded in database record IOW-5353EB
Created on: Saturday 16th February 2019
Last updated: Monday 18th February 2019
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Record ID: SOM-F8BCCC
Object type: AMPULLA
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Dorset
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An incomplete Medieval lead pilgrim's ampulla dating to the period c.AD 1350 - 1530. Most of the neck, the upper part and one loop of the ampulla are missing with just a small part of the trapezoid neck and one loop remaining. The lower half is circular. On one face is a four leaved flower with central annulet. The leaves are pointed oval and divided in two by a central line; each has shading made of regularly spaced angled lines on one half of the leaf. There are curled tendrils between each leaf. The other side has traces of a saltire which crosses to the right of centre with possibl…
Created on: Tuesday 11th December 2018
Last updated: Monday 31st December 2018
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Piddletrenthide', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: DOR-96F46B
Object type: TOKEN
Broad period: MODERN
County: Dorset
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A biface cast lead token. Both faces carry relief designs of stylised quadrupeds, probably horses. On one face the animal is depicted trotting right, front left leg raised. On the other face the animal is depicted gallopping left with all legs outstretched in the manner of the "flying gallop" seen paintings of the late 18th and early 19th centuries, possibly indicating a date for this token. Powell Classification, type 19. Date: Modern - 1750 - 1850 Diameter: 18.52mm Thickness: 2.99mm. Weight: 3.57g.
Created on: Monday 12th November 2018
Last updated: Sunday 25th November 2018
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Record ID: DOR-994948
Object type: WEIGHT
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: Dorset
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A lead weight, probably a steelyard weight. The weight is an elongated pyramid with a truncated apex. There is pierced hole running from the apex to the base where it emerges slightly off- centre. The base ia sub- angular and slightly dished around a collar encircling the hole. The dishing suggests this was cast in an open mould, point downwards. THe collar indicates that the lead was still fairly soft when the hole was made. The weight is equivalent to approximately 2.5 ounces. Date: Uncertain - Medieval to Post- Medieval - c. 1400 - 1800 Dimensions: 28.72 mm x 20.64 mm x 20.74 mm Wei…
Created on: Wednesday 31st October 2018
Last updated: Friday 9th November 2018
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Record ID: DOR-F46C61
Object type: CLOTH SEAL
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Dorset
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A lead two part cloth seal dating to c.1600-1700. One side is stamped with a simple monogram in the form of the letters RN with three pellets above within a circle. There is a letter stamped on the other side, possibly an L or Y or possibly a 7. Such marks were use by clothes weavers and dyers as personal seals in the late 16th to late 17th centuries. Date: Post Medieval Dimensions: 25.59mm x 20.16mm Weight: 14.60g
Created on: Tuesday 23rd October 2018
Last updated: Tuesday 23rd October 2018
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Record ID: DOR-8C81D5
Object type: CLOTH SEAL
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Dorset
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A two-part lead cloth seal. Two large discs joined by a narrow tab at one side. On the back of disc one are two integral pointed hooks which pass through holes in disc two and are bent diagonally accross the disc. Disc one: A fleur de lys with a Gothic letter d above to the left and an indistinct design above and to the right. Disc two: traces of Gothic lettering Date: Medieval - c. 1300 - 1500 Dimensions: 25.99 mm x 4.50 mm Weight: 10.39 g
Created on: Monday 24th September 2018
Last updated: Tuesday 6th November 2018
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Record ID: DOR-550053
Object type: PILGRIM BADGE
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Dorset
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An incomplete lead medieval pilgrim's badge of St Anne, dating to c.1400-1500. Probably from her shrine at Buxton, Derbyshire, but relics of St Anne were also claimed by Canterbury, Reading and Durham, and so it may alternatively have been produced at one of these places. The badge depicts St Anne teaching her daughter, the Virgin Mary, to read. St Anne and the Virgin Mary are both depicted wearing long dresses or robes. St Anne is wearing a veil or headdress. The Virgin Mary is depicted as being slightly smaller than St Anne. On the reverse is a bent, long and tapering integral attach…
Created on: Tuesday 28th August 2018
Last updated: Thursday 30th August 2018
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Record ID: DOR-D3D309
Object type: CLOTH SEAL
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Dorset
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A worn two-part lead alloy cloth seal dating to 1508 -1553. One face of the seal depicts a king enthroned, holding a spear and sceptre with the Arms of England visible on his tabbard. The letter H can be seen between the king's legs with a legend SIG[ILLVM CVS]TOM HENRY VIII. These cloth seals were used for imports of fine patterned cloth. Reference: comparisons are illustrated in the Salisbury Museum Medieval Catalogue volume 3 (Saunders et al. 1991, pg.63, nos.106-108, fig.23). A similar seal found in West Berkshire can be seen on the PAS database: BERK-CE29E4Date: Post Medieval.Diam…
Created on: Wednesday 22nd August 2018
Last updated: Thursday 11th October 2018
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Record ID: DOR-5B973F
Object type: MINIATURE OBJECT
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Dorset
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A lead possible toy or miniature horseshoe. The horse shoe has a U-shaped aperture, traces of a calkin at the end of one arm and traces of indentations to indicate nail holes around it on one face. Date: Post Medieval - c 1500 - 1700 Dimensions: 22.26 mm x 18.09 mm x 2.69 mm Weight: 4.37 g The miniature shoe is similar in style to types generally dated to c. 1250 - 1600
Created on: Monday 23rd July 2018
Last updated: Thursday 26th July 2018
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Record ID: DOR-380BB0
Object type: VESSEL
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Dorset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A lead pot mend. The object is in the form of a crude lead stud with a convex, wide haed in one side and a smaller, flatter disc on the other. Remains of the ceramic fabric are visible in the recess between the two ends, but it is not possible identify the pottery type or closely date it. Date: Medieval to Early Post Medieval - c. 1200 - 1600 The pot mend measures 34.69mm in length and is 14.75mm thick. It weighs 48.60 grams.
Created on: Wednesday 27th June 2018
Last updated: Tuesday 14th August 2018
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Record ID: DOR-D1CD4E
Object type: WEIGHT
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Dorset
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A composite weight with lead, iron and gilded copper alloy components. A thin angular piece of lead with a fragment of a heavily gilded copper alloy Insular mount attached to it with a large dome-headed iron rivet. The lead is sub-angular in outline, rectangular in cross section and slightly hollowed at the rear (11.08 mm thickness). The re-used sheet metal mount is incomplete with an outcurved original edge at one side and the others cut square. At the side opposite the curved edge the two corners are incurved and retain gilding, indicating the they too are part of the original shapin…
Created on: Tuesday 29th May 2018
Last updated: Wednesday 30th May 2018
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Record ID: DOR-54AC3A
Object type: POWDER MEASURE
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Dorset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A lead alloy powder flask cap. A cap for a powder holder. Open at one end and closed at the other. The cap is oval at the flat, closed end and squashed and misshapen and the open end. There are two loops at the closed end, one either side. Date: Post Medieval - c. 1600 - 1700Dimensions: 33.32 mm x 20.32 mm x 15.90 mm Weight 19.93 g.The cap probably dates to the 17th century (Courtney, P. 1988 'Small Arms Accessories of the mid Seventeenth Century' Finds Research Group Datasheet 11) Frank Basford comments on a similar example recorded in database record IOW-4869F8 The loops enabled the …
Created on: Wednesday 23rd May 2018
Last updated: Tuesday 29th May 2018
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Record ID: DOR-EB2B54
Object type: WEIGHT
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Dorset
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A complete cast lead uniface weight of possible Medieval or Post Medieval date. It is circular and decorated with a central moulded equal armed cross. The arms reach almost to the edge of the weight. The upper face has a rounded edge. The reverse is flat and undecorated. Date: Medieval 1300-1500. Diameter: 49.24 mm Thickness: 11.12 mm Weight: 110.21 g
Created on: Friday 18th May 2018
Last updated: Wednesday 30th May 2018
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Record ID: DOR-07CFB2
Object type: SEAL
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Dorset
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A complete lead alloy Russian hemo seal of late post-medieval date. The seal is sub oval in plan with worn edges and a roughly rectangular cross section.There are two rectangular slots running parallel across its diameter through which wire or textile ligatures would have fitted in order to secure a bag. Both faces of the seal bear raised lettering.The surface of the seal has a light cream/grey coloured patina. The obverse inscription is illegible. The reverse inscription reads: SPB / AR1H / 1756 The seal measures 28.36mm long, 22.90mm wide and 7.25mm thick. It weighs 28.53g. These …
Created on: Wednesday 25th April 2018
Last updated: Wednesday 3rd April 2019
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Record ID: DOR-232653
Object type: BULLA
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Dorset
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A cast lead papal bulla probably of Pope Innocent IV (in office 1243-1254). The obverse is very worn, but the faces of St. Paul and St. Peter with the inscription SPA above Paul and SPE above Peter, within a border of small pellets, a cross pattee between them can be identified. The reverse has the legend inscribed which reads INNO/CENTIVS/PP I[V] in three lines, is visible. The bulla has a cream coloured patina. Both faces are worn and marked. These were attached to official papal documents. Reference: Similar bullae can be seen in Saunders, 2001, Salisbury & South Wiltshire Museu…
Created on: Wednesday 21st March 2018
Last updated: Thursday 21st February 2019
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Record ID: SOM-106642
Object type: DIE
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: Dorset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
An irregular cast lead die of uncertain, Roman to Post Medieval, date. The die is roughly a cube with incuse dots indicating the values of each side. The die is It is 13.2mm by 13mm by 11.7mm and weighs 18.02. The sides are arranged 1 5-6-4 2 3 This means the opposing side do not add up to 7 (ie 1 is opposite 2, 5 and 4 and 6 and 3) so it does not conform to a 'regular' known pattern. Opposing faces adding to seven becomes common during the Medieval and especially Post-Medieval period with a gradual increase in standardistion, particular from the 16th century when this becomes an…
Created on: Tuesday 20th March 2018
Last updated: Thursday 5th April 2018
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Whitchurch Canonicorum CP', grid reference and parish protected.


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