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Record ID: SOMDOR-7EEA46
Object type: VESSEL
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Dorset
Workflow stage: Published Find published
One small pottery body sherd, possibly from a collared urn. Hand-made and thick-walled. Largely black, reduced fabric with an oxidised brownish layer on the external surface. The fabric is tempered with fine sand with some larger pieces of grog, flint and other stone (up to 3mm). The exterior surface retains a band of vertical thumb impressed decoration (4 impressions on this small sherd). Very little abrasion.
Created on: Tuesday 4th May 2004
Last updated: Thursday 24th February 2011
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Record ID: DOR-4B1815
Object type: VESSEL
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Dorset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
1 sherd of coarse flint tempered pottery (pieces up to 7 mm). Oxidised red surfaces with a reduced black core. Body sherd. Handmade. Date: Probably Late Bronze Age to Early Iron Age Weight: 5 g
Created on: Monday 21st January 2008
Last updated: Thursday 24th February 2011
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Record ID: DOR-194EE1
Object type: VESSEL
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Dorset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
1 sherd of coarse flint tempered pottery (pieces up to 7 mm). Oxidised red surfaces on the exterior, reduced black on the interior with a reduced grey-brown core. Thick walled body sherd. Handmade vessel. Date: Late Bronze Age to Early Iron Age Weight: 6 g
Created on: Wednesday 7th November 2007
Last updated: Thursday 24th February 2011
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Compton Abbas', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SOMDOR-E17F01
Object type: VESSEL
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Dorset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Three body sherds of hand-made pottery of Middle Bronze Age date. The sherds have been fired an orangey brown oxidised colour on the exterior surfaces and a reduced grey black on the interior. The fabric is very hard with a slight soapy feel and laminated fractures. The clay matrix contains a moderate to common (25-30%) amount of very well-sorted sub-rounded quartz grains measuring less than 0.25mm. There are also rare amounts of sub-rounded and well-sorted red and black iron oxides measuring less than 0.5mm. The fabric has been tempered with a sparse amount (10%) of sub-angular well-s…
Created on: Wednesday 19th July 2006
Last updated: Thursday 24th February 2011
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Record ID: SOMDOR-F66031
Object type: VESSEL
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Dorset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Two sherds of hand-made pottery of Middle Bronze Age date. The two undiagnostic body sherds have orangey brown oxidised exteriors and reduced brown grey interiors. One of the sherds exhibits a slightly brighter orange surface and a burnt interior. The clay matrix for these sherds contains a moderate to common (25-30%) amount of very well-sorted sub-rounded quartz grains measuring less than 0.25mm. There are also rare amounts of sub-rounded and well-sorted red and black iron oxides measuring less than 0.5mm. The fabric has been tempered with a common amount (30%) of sub-angular well-sor…
Created on: Thursday 20th July 2006
Last updated: Thursday 24th February 2011
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Record ID: SOMDOR-F68A17
Object type: VESSEL
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Dorset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A sherd of hand-made pottery of Middle Bronze Age date. The coarse textured sherd has a slight oxidisied buff to brown exterior and a reduced dark grey/brown interior. Its thickness suggests it is part of a vessel base. The clay matrix contains a moderate to common (25-30%) amount of very well-sorted sub-rounded quartz grains measuring less than 0.25mm. There are also rare amounts of sub-rounded and well-sorted red and black iron oxides measuring less than 0.5mm. The fabric has been tempered with a common amount (30%) of sub-angular moderately-sorted calcined flint measuring between 0.…
Created on: Thursday 20th July 2006
Last updated: Thursday 24th February 2011
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Record ID: SOMDOR-F6BD03
Object type: VESSEL
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Dorset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Ten sherds of hand-made pottery of Middle Bronze Age date. Nine of the sherds are undiagnostic body sherds and the remaining one is a very abraded rim. Less that 5% of the rim has survived, making it very difficult to decipher its form and diameter, but it does appear to be slightly globular in shape. The colour of the sherds vary, but generally they have oxidised orangey brown exteriors and reduced grey/brown interiors. The clay matrix contains a moderate to common (25-30%) amount of very well-sorted sub-rounded quartz grains measuring less than 0.25mm. There are also rare amounts of …
Created on: Thursday 20th July 2006
Last updated: Thursday 24th February 2011
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Record ID: SOMDOR-4F08F5
Object type: VESSEL
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Dorset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Two sherds of hand-made pottery of Middle Bronze Age date. One has been oxidised orangey-brown all the way through. This may have happened after it was broken as the oxidisation visible in the fractures is slightly patchy and it has a softer more soapy feel than the other sherd. The other sherd has an orangey exterior and grey/brown interior. The clay matrix contains a moderate to common (25-30%) amount of very well-sorted sub-rounded quartz grains measuring less than 0.25mm. There are also rare amounts of sub-rounded and well-sorted red and black iron oxides measuring less than 0.5mm.…
Created on: Monday 24th July 2006
Last updated: Thursday 24th February 2011
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Record ID: SOMDOR-4F1F71
Object type: VESSEL
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Dorset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Five sherds of hand-made pottery of Middle Bronze Age date. The sherds have oxidised orangey-brown exterior and interior surfaces and reduced grey/brown cores. The clay matrix contains a moderate to common (25-30%) amount of very well-sorted sub-rounded quartz grains measuring less than 0.25mm. There are also rare amounts of sub-rounded and well-sorted red and black iron oxides measuring less than 0.5mm. The fabric has been tempered with sparse (3%) sub-angular, poorly sorted calcined flint inclusions measuring between 0.5mm and 5mm. The also contain rare (1%) amounts of sub-angular we…
Created on: Monday 24th July 2006
Last updated: Thursday 24th February 2011
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Record ID: SOMDOR-598633
Object type: VESSEL
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Dorset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
2 sherds of coarse flint tempered pottery (pieces up to 4mm). Dark grey to black reduced core and internal surface. The exterior surface is slightly oxidised and reddish-brown. Thick walled body sherds. Identified as Late Bronze Age to Early Iron Age by Lorraine Mepham.
Created on: Monday 12th September 2005
Last updated: Thursday 24th February 2011
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Record ID: SOMDOR-59A2D3
Object type: VESSEL
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Dorset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
1 sherd of coarse flint tempered pottery (pieces up to 7 mm. Oxidised red surfaces with a slightly redused grey-brown core. Body sherds. Identified as Late Bronze Age to Early Iron Age by Lorraine Mepham.
Created on: Monday 12th September 2005
Last updated: Thursday 24th February 2011
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Record ID: SOMDOR-59B077
Object type: VESSEL
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Dorset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
1 sherd of coarse flint tempered pottery (pieces up to 7 mm). Pale grey reduced core, the surfaces are slightly oxidised and pale orange. Thick walled body sherd. Identified as Late Bronze Age to Early Iron Age by Lorraine Mepham.
Created on: Monday 12th September 2005
Last updated: Thursday 24th February 2011
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Record ID: SOMDOR-59BBD8
Object type: VESSEL
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Dorset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
1 sherd of fine flint (pieces 2 mm) and sand tempered pottery. Dark grey reduced core and interior surface. The exterior surface is slightly oxidised and brownish-grey. Thick walled body sherd. Identified as Late Bronze Age to Early Iron Age by Lorraine Mepham.
Created on: Monday 12th September 2005
Last updated: Thursday 24th February 2011
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Record ID: SOMDOR-5E9C84
Object type: VESSEL
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Dorset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
1 sherd of fine flint (pieces up to 2 mm) and sand tempered pottery. Mid grey reduced core. The surfaces are oxidised to a reddish brown. Body sherd from a jar or closed bowl. this piece is from the rim and has a girth groove decoration at the top. Identified as Late Bronze Age to Early Iron Age fineware by Lorraine Mepham.
Created on: Monday 12th September 2005
Last updated: Thursday 24th February 2011
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Record ID: SOMDOR-5EAD23
Object type: VESSEL
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Dorset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
1 sherd of organic tempered pottery. Dark grey reduced core with brownish surfaces. Large voids left by the organic temper (plant material).Body sherd. Identified as Late Bronze Age to Early Iron Age by Lorraine Mepham. There is also a slim possibility that this is Saxon in date, although on balance this is thought less likely.
Created on: Monday 12th September 2005
Last updated: Thursday 24th February 2011
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Record ID: LEIC-9CB78E
Object type: VESSEL
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Dorset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Bronze age to Medieval pottery vessel sherds. The pottery appears hand built, has rough fabric with large gritty inclusions and lots of mica. It has a thick section and some sherds have evdience of sooting on the outer? surface. It was found in a very tight scatter disturbed by tractor, near a Bronze Age barrow cemetery. So its probable that it is prehistoric, however pottery such as this is known in the area up to the medieval period.
Created on: Wednesday 6th May 2015
Last updated: Thursday 7th May 2015
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Record ID: DOR-52C762
Object type: UNIDENTIFIED OBJECT
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Dorset
Workflow stage: Published Find published
Potential Treasure Report for HM Coroner 2014 T256: A possible Bronze Age gold band or 'ribbon' from Dorset Circumstances of discovery: A possible Bronze Age plain gold band or 'ribbon' was found before the 16th of December 2014 in the course of metal detecting on cultivated land. The band was found in the top soil and reportedly at a depth of c.6 inches (15cms). Description: The plain band has a number of creases and four notable distortions positioned relatively uniformly along its length, and was originally folded or rolled, having been unrolled after discovery (reported…
Created on: Wednesday 9th April 2014
Last updated: Wednesday 4th January 2017
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'East Dorset', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SOM-5E0AB6
Object type: TORC
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Dorset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Curved fragment of a Middle Bronze Age, 1400-1100 BC, copper-alloy twisted ribbon torc. The fragment has six twists with old, patinated, breaks at each end. The twists are slightly tighter at the ends than in the centre and the curve is uneven suggesting it has been bent out of shape. The 'ribbon' is a flattened pointed oval in section with edges which come to a point. The fragment is 64.8mm long, the ribbon varies from 8.0 to 7.3mm wide and is 2.0mm thick. The fragment weighs 8.28 grams. There are two Middle Bronze Age bronze ribbon torcs known from Somerset from the hoards at Edi…
Created on: Monday 25th April 2011
Last updated: Sunday 6th April 2014
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Near Sherborne', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: DOR-FACB19
Object type: TORC
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Dorset
Workflow stage: Published Find published
Small fragment of a twisted gold ornament, cut at both ends. Max. surviving length 26.26mm; breadth c 9.78 x 8.71mm; weight 6.34 grams. Fragment of a flange-twisted torcof the Middle Bronze Age, circa 1300-1150 BC. Such fragments are typically cut at the ends. The item thus qualifies as Treasure under the terms of the Treasure Act of 1996.
Created on: Wednesday 23rd July 2014
Last updated: Wednesday 6th December 2017
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Powerstock', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: DOR-324B57
Object type: TORC
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Dorset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Report to H. M. Coroner on find of potential Treasure: Middle Bronze Age torc fragment (2003 T19) Fragment of one end of a four-flange twisted torc consisting of part of the body and plain terminal; the greater part of the terminal is missing. The break at the terminal end is rough; at the body end the piece appears to have been cut by blow(s) from something like a chisel. It is likely to have been broken, and probably folded, in antiquity. Maximum length (as folded) 24mm; maximum thickness (flange to flange) 8mm; thickness at terminal 5mm, weight 12.95 grams. Identificati…
Created on: Wednesday 11th May 2016
Last updated: Wednesday 11th May 2016
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'West Dorset', grid reference and parish protected.


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