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Record ID: SOMDOR1124
Object type: RAPIER
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Dorset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Fragment of copper alloy rapier blade, from close to the tip as it is gently tapering. Elongated oval section with a flat topped central rib running along the length. Slightly bent.
Created on: Monday 30th July 2001
Last updated: Thursday 24th February 2011
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'DORSET WARMWELL', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SOMDOR1053
Object type: COIN
Broad period: IRON AGE
County: Dorset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Contemporary copy of a South Western uninscribed stater.
Created on: Monday 9th July 2001
Last updated: Thursday 24th February 2011
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'DORSET SIXPENNY HANDLEY', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SOMDOR1121
Object type: BROOCH
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Dorset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Copper alloy annular brooch. Hexagonal frame with constriction for pin (pin missing). On the front it is decorated at each of the corners - the frame is thickened and on two diagonally opposite corners are two circular recesses (for enamel or stones), at the others are small moulded zoomorphic heads. The back is flat and undecorated.
Created on: Monday 30th July 2001
Last updated: Thursday 24th February 2011
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'DORSET PUDDLETOWN', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SOMDOR1032
Object type: TOKEN
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Dorset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Copper alloy gaming piece - copying 18th century spade half-guinea. Production was banned in 1885
Created on: Monday 9th July 2001
Last updated: Thursday 24th February 2011
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'DORSET PENTRIDGE', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SOMDOR1161
Object type: HOOKED TAG
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Dorset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Copper alloy hooked tag with niello inlay decoration. Isosceles triangular tag with two attachment holes at the top. At the bottom (i.e. the apex of the triangle)is a thickened stub of a hook. The front of the hook is decorated with a curvilinear/foliate design in niello with a framing border of short lines. The back is flat and undecorated.
Created on: Wednesday 12th September 2001
Last updated: Thursday 24th February 2011
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'DORSET OSMINGTON', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SOMDOR197
Object type: SPEAR
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Dorset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Copper alloy spear tip. Off centre central rib. Diamond shaped section.
Created on: Wednesday 13th October 1999
Last updated: Thursday 24th February 2011
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'DORSET WEYMOUTH', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SOMDOR190
Object type: BROOCH
Broad period: IRON AGE
County: Dorset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Single piece brooch. Very narrow bow. The bow is leaf shaped, tapering to a pointed foot. Small catchplate remains. The bow is decorated with an incised central line with diagonal lines either side at the top end of the bow. The spring is of round sectioned wire, two coils remaining on the left side and broken off at the end of the chord.
Created on: Wednesday 13th October 1999
Last updated: Thursday 24th February 2011
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'DORSET OWERMOIGNE', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SOMDOR1357
Object type: HARNESS FITTING
Broad period: IRON AGE
County: Dorset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Copper alloy terret ring. D-sectioned copper alloy loop. Sub-circular with two rounded projections flanking a constriction at one side. Sally Worrell writes: Although this record has no image and a limited description, and therefore appears to be of little use, it has been retained on the database in the hope that it will be of use to someone.
Created on: Monday 29th October 2001
Last updated: Wednesday 2nd March 2011
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'DORSET PIDDLEHINTON', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SOMDOR1353
Object type: BUCKLE
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Dorset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Copper alloy oval lipped frame with attached sheet metal plate. The bar of the frame is offset and narrowed. The plate is of sheet copper alloy folded over the bar to form a front and back plate. The plates are of tapering rectilinear shape, notched for the frame. It has a rectangular notch for the pin. There are four rivet holes (two at each end. The front plate is decorated with a repousse zoomorphic design - four legs and a raised head and tail - on a field of dots. There are traces of gilt on the plate.
Created on: Monday 29th October 2001
Last updated: Thursday 24th February 2011
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'DORSET WEYMOUTH', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SOMDOR200
Object type: BUCKLE
Broad period: ROMAN
County: Dorset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Copper alloy buckle frame and plate. Mid green patina. Simple oval frame with integral plate. Front surface of the plate densely decorated with ring and dot punching. Frame is also decorated in this way. Retains two copper alloy rivets for attachment to belt. Date: Probably Roman - 1st to 4th century
Created on: Wednesday 13th October 1999
Last updated: Monday 4th February 2013
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'DORSET TARRANT RUSHTON', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SOMDOR788
Object type: BRACELET
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Dorset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
2 refitting fragments of a middle bronze age ribbed bracelet. Five ribs, more or less evenly spaced. The outer two ribs form an everted flange around either edge. The central rib has an angular crest and is higher than the two flanking it. These two also have angular crests and are decorated with transverse incised notches. The back/inside of the bracelet is fairly flat but there are traces of the ribs.
Created on: Thursday 23rd November 2000
Last updated: Friday 1st April 2011
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'DORSET PUDDLETOWN', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SOMDOR452
Object type: STRAP END
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Dorset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Copper alloy strap end. Zoomorphic terminal. Tapering shape. Two rivets for attachment at split end.
Created on: Thursday 11th May 2000
Last updated: Monday 25th January 2016
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Weymouth', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: DOR-CFB735
Object type: COIN
Broad period: ROMAN
County: Dorset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
An incomplete copper alloy nummus of Constantius II dating to AD 330 - 335 (Reece period 17). GLORIA EXERCITVS (two soldiers and two standards) reverse. Date: Late Roman - AD 330 - 335 Diameter: 14.36 mm Weight: 0.94 g Die axis: 2
Created on: Wednesday 21st November 2012
Last updated: Thursday 13th December 2012
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Fifehead Magdalen', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SOMDOR-E06048
Object type: HARNESS PENDANT
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Dorset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A small cast copper alloy object identified by Geoff Egan as a pendant component from a medieval horse harness pendant. The object is 20.28mm in length, 17.82mm wide and 7.55mm thick. It weighs 5.08g. At the proximal end there is a circular loop which is set at 90 degrees to the rest of the object. Below this is tear drop shaped shaft, also set at 90 degrees. From the base of this two spheres project, one to each side. Both are decorated with a moulded outwards-facing X shape. The object would have been suspended from a harness mount, possibly with other pendants.
Created on: Wednesday 18th January 2006
Last updated: Thursday 24th February 2011
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'West Stafford', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SOMDOR-0B1D95
Object type: BELL
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Dorset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
The upper half of a spherical bell, probably medieval in date. The bell has been cast from copper alloy, which has a high lead content judging by the silvery appearance. The hollow bell would have been spherical in shape, with a diameter of 29.76mm. The surviving half is 26.41mm tall, it weighs 26.64g and its body is around 3.25mm thick. The bell has a rounded integrally cast lug on the apex, 13.39mm by 9.61mm, with central circular hole for suspension. Inside the bell there is a thin loop of copper alloy below the suspension lug which would once have supported the now missing clapper.…
Created on: Friday 20th January 2006
Last updated: Thursday 24th February 2011
Spatial data recorded.


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Record ID: SOMDOR-FABD92
Object type: STRAP END
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Dorset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A copper alloy three piece strap end with sheet spacer, probably of fourteenth century date. The strap end consists of a sheet back plate which extends the whole length of the object, including the terminal, a central sheet spacer which occupies the whole width of the object but only extends for about two thirds of its length, and a sheet front plate, which extends only to the terminal. The three components are held together by four copper alloy rivets, all still in situ. Three are located towards the proximal end (for the strap) and the other is towards the distal end, just before the…
Created on: Thursday 19th January 2006
Last updated: Thursday 24th February 2011
Spatial data recorded.


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Record ID: SOMDOR-0FBD73
Object type: BUCKLE
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Dorset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
The front of a sheet copper alloy plate from a medieval buckle. The plate is almost square, measuring 28.51 by 26.18mm by 0.57mm thick, and it has been broken at the end which would have wrapped around the buckle hoop. The back of the plate is missing. There are three perforations for the rivets which would have held a leather belt in place. Two are close to the corners of the end furthest from the buckle and one is in the centre at the end closest to the buckle. The front of the plate is decorated with short engraved parallel lines. This is in the form of a square around an 'X'. The p…
Created on: Friday 20th January 2006
Last updated: Thursday 24th February 2011
Spatial data recorded.


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Record ID: SOMDOR-119C22
Object type: KNIFE
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Dorset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A small cylindrical object, cast from copper alloy, which is probably the end cap (pommel) from a sixteenth century knife. The object measures 12.55mm in diameter and 11.81mm in length. It weighs 9.14g. Iron corrosion from the knife blade fills a narrow and shallow slot through the centre of one end. In the centre of the other end there is a circular concave depression, 4.5mm in diameter. Lines of stamped annulets are faintly visible around this depression and on the side of the cylinder. There are also two parallel lines which run around both the top and bottom of the side. The upper …
Created on: Friday 20th January 2006
Last updated: Thursday 24th February 2011
Spatial data recorded.


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Record ID: SOMDOR-A082F6
Object type: KNIFE
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Dorset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A cast copper alloy tanged knife of late Bronze Age date. The knife measures 141.15mm in length, 21.87mm in maximum width and 3.9mm in maximum depth. It weighs 49.87g. It has a rounded tip and widens only slightly along the length of the blade. It then narrows to the damaged tang, which is 16.18mm wide at this point and narrows to 14.22mm. The length of the tang is about 22.5mm. The object's mid olive green patina is patchy and much of the surface has flaked off. Similar knives have been found at Maesbury Camp, near Wells in Somerset and at Bilbury Rings in Wiltshire. The Maesbury Camp…
Created on: Friday 27th January 2006
Last updated: Thursday 24th February 2011
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Record ID: SOMDOR-792658
Object type: KNIFE
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Dorset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
The cast copper alloy end cap from a small sixteenth century knife, measuring 13.8mm by 13.56mm by 4.74mm and weighing 3.02g. The end cap is loosely trapezoidal, with a wider distal end which consists of three perforated lobes. Beneath these lobes a small lip protrudes from each side and below this point there is a longitudinal slot which contains the remains of an iron tang. There are traces of gilding on one side of the end cap. A similar knife end cap has been found at Covehithe in Suffolk (SF-5F44B4).
Created on: Wednesday 25th January 2006
Last updated: Thursday 24th February 2011
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Tarrant Hinton area', grid reference and parish protected.


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