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Record ID: DOR-CDE218
Object type: HANDAXE
Broad period: PALAEOLITHIC
County: Dorset
Workflow stage: Published Find published
An Acheulian greensand chert handaxe of 'ficron' type with an elongated tapering point and larger rounded butt. Both faces are carefully flaked to produce a lenticular cross section, thinning along the axis of the axe to a fine blunt-pointed tip. The margins of the axe are slightly convex and also carefully worked to form even centre line edges. The sub-squared butt is formed from two natural fractures and has been battered to blunt the edge created by axial flaking on the opposite face. The original chert seems to be variable mid brown-grey and particularily fine grained. Surfaces a…
Created on: Monday 15th January 2018
Last updated: Thursday 25th April 2019
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Record ID: DEV-841315
Object type: COIN
Broad period: ROMAN
County: Dorset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Roman copper alloy dupondius or as of unknown emperor dating to AD 1- 250. Unclear reverse type. Unclear mint. 33.9mm in diameter, 8.6mm thick, weight g.
Created on: Thursday 18th April 2019
Last updated: Thursday 25th April 2019
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Record ID: DEV-847407
Object type: COIN
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Dorset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
An incomplete cut half medieval silver short cross penny of Richard I (1189-1199) dating to 1192-94. North (1980:178) Class 3b. Possibly minted at Exeter by Ricard. 20.1mm in diameter, 5.6mm thick, weight g.
Created on: Thursday 18th April 2019
Last updated: Thursday 25th April 2019
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Record ID: HAMP-F30023
Object type: HARNESS FITTING
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Dorset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A late early-medieval or early medieval (1000-1200) copper-alloy strap fitting from harness / bridle fitting, perhaps from a cheekpiece. It consists of a trapezoidal/ square loop at one end with a parallel-sided integral plate extending from the shortest edge. The loop is decorated on three outside edges with transverse (and sometimes diagonal) grooves. These edges all slope inwards and have a height of max.5.2mm. The loop is 14.7mm in length with a max. width of 15.5mm at the outside edge and a min. width of 11.9mm at the edge where the integral plate extends. Internally the measureme…
Created on: Thursday 11th April 2019
Last updated: Wednesday 24th April 2019
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Record ID: DOR-1FBAF8
Object type: HAMMERSTONE
Broad period: NEOLITHIC
County: Dorset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A thick plano-convex, sub-triangular battered flint nodule, probably used as a hammerstone. The flint is opaque and mottled light to mid-grey and beige with a low-gloss patina and heavy areas of reddish brown ferrous staining. There are patchy areas of chalky nodular cortex around the circumference equal to areas of irregular and incoherent flaking and battering consistent with use as a hammerstone. Date: Neolithic 4000 BC - 2350 BC Dimensions: 98.2 mm x 67.6 mm x 47.3 mm Weight: 344 g
Created on: Monday 1st April 2019
Last updated: Wednesday 24th April 2019
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Record ID: SOM-C548D2
Object type: BUTTON
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Dorset
Workflow stage: Published Find published
Treasure case 2017 T137: Declared Treasure and donated to museum by finder. Description: A silver button with incised decoration. The button is bi-convex with a domed front and back. On the front is a central raised pellet and around this an incised design of a six leaved flower, each leaf made of three lobes with a central stem. Near the edge of the front is an incised border formed of a pair of concentric circles with regularly spaced pairs of diagonal lines running between them. The back has two circular blow holes flanking a loop. The loop is formed of a strip of D-shaped sectio…
Created on: Thursday 9th February 2017
Last updated: Tuesday 23rd April 2019
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Stalbridge CP', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: DOR-C99168
Object type: HARNESS HOOK
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Dorset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A complete harness hook. The hook comprises a shield shaped plate with a transverse collar and an integral curving hook. The upper part of the object is a shield-shaped plate decorated on both faces with an heraldic white enamelled beast with a long tail, possibly a leopard, lying left. There are tiny traces of gilding in the surrounding field. At the pointed end of the shield is an integral sub square collar, also with traces of gilding. From beneath this extends an integral, D-sectioned vertical hook, with a long hooked end. Date: Medieval - 13th to 14th century Dimensions: 70.78 mm
Created on: Tuesday 9th April 2019
Last updated: Tuesday 23rd April 2019
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Dewlish', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SOM-A06E02
Object type: BELL
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Dorset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A cast copper-alloy spherical crotal bell of post-medieval date. The bell comprises two hemispherical domes with a raised circumferential join. The upper hemisphere has two circular sound holes, one slightly larger than the other, with a rectangular loop projecting from the top between them. The loop is formed of an angular bar of rectangular cross-section and is 11.02mm high, 16.01mm wide and 3.91mm thick. The curve of the bell continues under the loop aperture. The lower hemisphere, has a long, wide sound slit with circular holes at the ends. This is set at right angles to the holes …
Created on: Tuesday 26th March 2019
Last updated: Tuesday 23rd April 2019
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Piddletrenthide', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SOM-C1DFBE
Object type: JETTON
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Dorset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A post-medieval copper-alloy Nuremberg jetton issued by Wolf Lauffer II (AD 1612-1651). Allegorical type. Dating from c. 1625 to 1651. Obverse: A man in Spanish costume (stylistically dating from c. 1625), standing, facing; in his right hand he holds up a goblet, in his left a candlestick; from his right wrist hangs a chain and watch, from his left a bag of money; under his feet are scales. Legend (in two concentric circles): ICH . HAB . DIE . ANGENEME . KVNST . DIE . MACHT . GERECHTIK . V . GVNST . / WOLF . LAVFFER . RECHPFENGMACHER. Which can be translated as: I have the agreeable s…
Created on: Tuesday 19th February 2019
Last updated: Tuesday 23rd April 2019
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Milton on Stour', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SOM-511721
Object type: BULLA
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Dorset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
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: SOM-C914A1
Object type: COIN
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Dorset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A Medieval silverpenny of Edward I (1292-1307) dating to x1306-1307 Edwardian class 10cf2a (late). Minted at Canterbury. North (1991, 32), no.1041.
Created on: Thursday 28th March 2019
Last updated: Wednesday 17th April 2019
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Record ID: SOM-A4BC67
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Dorset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
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-9FA645
Object type: COIN
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Dorset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Medieval gold half-noble of Edward III (1327-1377) dating to AD 1363 to 1369. Fourth coinage, treaty period, Type Ba. Minted at London. Ref: North (1993, 55) no. 1238. The coin has suffered an impact which has dented and torn the centre and cut and bent back a section of rim.
Created on: Tuesday 26th March 2019
Last updated: Wednesday 17th April 2019
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Piddletrenthide', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SOM-26CC48
Object type: COIN
Broad period: IRON AGE
County: Dorset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
An incomplete British Iron Age base silver (billon) stater, uninscribed South Western (Durotriges), dating to c. 40 BC - AD 10; VA 1235; BMC 2555ff, ABC 2169. Nearly one third of the coin has been lost in a a break above and to the right of the bust
Created on: Wednesday 20th March 2019
Last updated: Wednesday 17th April 2019
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Record ID: SOM-A0EA16
Object type: COIN
Broad period: IRON AGE
County: Dorset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
British Iron Age base silver (billon) stater, uninscribed South Western (Durotriges), dating to c. 40 BC - AD 10; VA 1235; BMC 2555ff, ABC 2169.
Created on: Tuesday 26th March 2019
Last updated: Wednesday 17th April 2019
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Record ID: SOM-B5A823
Object type: STIRRUP
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Dorset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A near complete Late Early-Medieval (Anglo-Scandinavian) to Medieval cast copper-alloy stirrup-strap mount, dating to AD 1000-1100, of Williams Class A, Type 19. The item is chipped at one bottom corner but otherwise the design is clear. The mount is sub-rectangular plan. It is moulded and convex at the front and slightly concave at the rear. There are worn traces of the projecting flange at the back, it projects back level with the lower edge and was proably angled down, but is mostly missing. At the top of the mount is an a projecting oval apex attachment loop that is 9.4mm wide an…
Created on: Monday 8th April 2019
Last updated: Sunday 14th April 2019
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Record ID: DEV-F3B4A4
Object type: WEIGHT
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Dorset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Probably a Medieval or post medieval cast lead alloy cup weight from a set of nested weights, dating to c. AD 1300-1600. The weight was originally open in profile, having a circular base with the sides flaring up to a wider rim. It has been compressed and one side is now folded inwards, although the original base area remains relatively unaffected. The flat rim surface itself is decorated with a motif of repeated raised circles, which continue around the full circumference. No other decoration survives, but a possible attachment point is visible on the flat side, where two circular im…
Created on: Wednesday 16th January 2019
Last updated: Friday 12th April 2019
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Record ID: WILT-F6161F
Object type: COIN
Broad period: ROMAN
County: Dorset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A Roman silver denarius of Marcus Aurelius, commemorating Antoninus Pius, dating to c. AD 161 (Reece period 8). CONSECRATIO reverse type depicting funeral pyre of four tiers, decorated with hangings and garlands, surmounted by quadriga. Mint of Rome. Ref: RIC III Marcus Aurelius 438.
Created on: Thursday 11th April 2019
Last updated: Friday 12th April 2019
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Record ID: DOR-065301
Object type: DAGGER
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Dorset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
An incomplete cast copper alloy dagger dating. The dagger is broadly triangular with a straight sides tapering to a rounded point. It is almost flat in cross section, with a defined, thinned edges leaving a low central rib on both faces. At the hilt end the remnant of a flared tang with a semi-circular hole on either side for missing rivets. Both faces have some raised and uneven corrosion products, particularly at the tang end. Date: Early Bronze Age,- c.2150-c.1600 BC Dimensions: 82.99 mm x 28.6 mm x 2.60 mm Weight: 18.59 g
Created on: Tuesday 29th January 2019
Last updated: Friday 12th April 2019
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Upwey', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: DOR-A370A5
Object type: COIN
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Dorset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
An incomplete silver penny of Edward I (1272-1307) dating to 1279-1307. Mint of Bristol. Reference: North vol II, p.24, no1007-1003/1 Date: Medieval Diameter: 18.52mm Thickness: 0.73mm Weight: 1g Die axis: 2
Created on: Sunday 9th October 2016
Last updated: Friday 12th April 2019
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