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Record ID: SUR-131CBB
Object type: BEAD
Broad period: ROMAN
County: Hampshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A cast copper-alloy biconical bead, possibly dating from the late Iron Age to the Roman periods. The central perforation, which is slightly off-centre is around 4.3mm in internal diameter and the inner surface appears to be slightly rough, with a circumferential casting ridge. The side profile is noticeably irregular, with a lopsided and tapering thickness. The patina is dark green and reminiscent of prehistoric or Roman metalwork and has been abraded to a lighter grey-green in places
Created on: Monday 12th August 2019
Last updated: Thursday 15th August 2019
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Record ID: HESH-6E9EB2
Object type: BEAD
Broad period: IRON AGE
County: Shropshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A light blue glass bead with a slightly off centre sub-circular hole. The bead is broadly bun / globular shaped being near circular in plan and rectangular shaped in cross section. The central hole is irregular and slightly faceted through wear: it measures 5.7mm x 6.3mm. The bead is a light matt azure blue colour; when it is held up to the light it is translucent and has a number of small air bubbles and flecks present. The external edge has a decorative white trailed serpentine stripe of glass within the matrix. The bead has also been slightly scratched and damaged by abrasion in the…
Created on: Tuesday 23rd July 2019
Last updated: Monday 5th August 2019
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Bucknell', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: YORYM-5CD697
Object type: BEAD
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: East Riding of Yorkshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A copper alloy bead of unknown date. The bead consists of a flattish globular body with a small central perforation which goes all the way through. The preservation of the object is extremely poor, with heavy pitting and corrosion. This has potentially misshapen the bead and obscured any decoration. The bead is 13.3mm in diameter and weighs 4.5g. Due to the poor preservation of the bead it cannot be secularly dated. Similar examples (e.g. LVPL-0E2243) have been dated from the Iron Age- Roman period, whilst others e.g. DUR-A64F9A, are attributed to the Early Medieval period.
Created on: Wednesday 10th July 2019
Last updated: Tuesday 13th August 2019
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Record ID: YORYM-C86533
Object type: BEAD
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: East Riding of Yorkshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A fragment of a glass bead of unknown date. The bead consists of a small fragment of the body, with one surface concave in shape making up part of the central perforation, and the other surface ribbed with indentations to create valleys and ridges. This bead would therefore have been shaped in the common 'Melon' shape when whole. The bead is a semi translucent, deep blue colour. The bead fragment is 5.5mm long, 5mm wide, 2.2mm thick and weighs <0.1g. It is difficult to date beads of this type as they are common from the Iron Age until the Early Medieval period. They are commonly f…
Created on: Wednesday 3rd July 2019
Last updated: Tuesday 13th August 2019
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Record ID: YORYM-C81EBE
Object type: BEAD
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: East Riding of Yorkshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A complete glass bead of unknown date. The bead is annular in shape and cylindrical in section with a slightly off centre circular perforation. The glass is an opaque blue-green colour, with a single decorative motif of a white glass spiral encircling the bead. The spiral begins close to the central perforation on one face spiralling around most of the circumference of the perforation in a single loop until it broadens and borders the outer edge. The spiral is then interrupted by a break, where it then continues to encircle the outer body of the bead bordering the opposite edge, then c…
Created on: Wednesday 3rd July 2019
Last updated: Tuesday 13th August 2019
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Record ID: BH-9F5799
Object type: BEAD
Broad period: ROMAN
County: Hertfordshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A complete cast copper-alloy bead probably dating to the Roman period. The bead is conical in shape and tapers from one end to the other along its length. A circular aperture perforates the centre along a horizontal axis. The upper and lower edges are flat. The exterior surface is decorated with a simple incised pattern of single lines forming an upper and lower boarder and double lined cross-hatchings between. All the surfaces have an even dark green patina. The bead is 10.2mm in diameter at one end and 11mm in diameter at the other. The aperture is 5mm in diameter. The bead weighs 3.…
Created on: Monday 1st July 2019
Last updated: Wednesday 24th July 2019
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Record ID: SWYOR-0C37F3
Object type: BEAD
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: North Yorkshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A complete lead or lead alloy possible bead, weight or spindle whorl of unknown date, Roman to Post Medieval (AD 43-1900). The object is sub-spherical with flattened ends where the large central perforation truncates the ball. The inside walls of the hole are straight apart from at each end, where the opening is smaller in diameter than the rest of the hole. This makes use as a spindle whorl less likely. Other objects of this shape have been suggested to be beads, net or line weights from fishing as well as possible spindle whorls. It could also be a mechanical component such as a cen…
Created on: Monday 24th June 2019
Last updated: Tuesday 2nd July 2019
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Record ID: BH-78AF33
Object type: BEAD
Broad period: ROMAN
County: Hertfordshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A complete cast copper-alloy bead probably dating to the Roman period (c. AD 43-410). The bead is 'melon' shape, comprising a multifoil cylinder with twelve exterior ribs. The circular perforation through the centre is uneven, one end of the aperture being larger (10.1mm) in diameter than the other (9.1mm). The surface patina is an even mid-green with areas of light brown and black in the recessed areas of the ribbing. The bead is 20mm in length and has a maximum diameter of 22mm. It weighs 27.15 grams.
Created on: Monday 17th June 2019
Last updated: Wednesday 10th July 2019
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Record ID: BH-F56409
Object type: BEAD
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: Hertfordshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A complete ceramic bead of uncertain date. The bead is broadly spherical in shape with a vertically aligned circular perforation extending through it. The upper edge of the bead is recessed slightly. Beneath this is a circumferential rectangular field decorated with circular stippling. The fabric is fine and mid-brownish-orange in colour, with occasional white and black inclusions. The bead measures 12.5mm in length and 11.8mm in diameter. The perforation has a diameter of 3.7mm. The bead weighs 1.8 grams.
Created on: Tuesday 11th June 2019
Last updated: Thursday 20th June 2019
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Record ID: BUC-7C0975
Object type: BEAD
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Buckinghamshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A possible copper alloy bead, probably Bronze Age - Roman in date, 1200 BC- AD.450. The object comprises a penannular ring formed by bending a strip of copper alloy round on itself until the ends meet. The band is D shaped in cross section. There is no visible exterior decoration and the surface is green an pitted. The object has been made by bending the strip but not around a former as the interior is not a uniform shape. Beads such as this have a number of uses, from hair ornaments, nose or earrings to simple suspended beads.
Created on: Wednesday 5th June 2019
Last updated: Friday 23rd August 2019
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Record ID: NMS-FC7635
Object type: BEAD
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: Norfolk
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Lead probable bead of unknown date. One face is flat, the other gently rounded at the edge, in the manner of a spindle whorl, of which it might possibly be a miniature example. Diameter 12.5mm. Thickness 6.2mm. The perforation tapers slightly from the flat face, diameter 7.5 - 7mm. Weight 5.02g / 77.47 grains. Finders' number AE 027
Created on: Thursday 30th May 2019
Last updated: Tuesday 4th June 2019
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Record ID: SWYOR-40AC97
Object type: BEAD
Broad period: ROMAN
County: Rotherham
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Part of an annular object, possibly a large bead, made of black opaque glass. Possibly of Roman date (AD 43 - 410), but could also be Victorian. About one third of the circle survives. The upper and lower faces are flat, but the sides of the central hole slope, so one has much more surface area than the other. The diameter of the central hole is at least 20mm. The outer face of the bead is faceted, with a lozenge shaped faces round the middle, and triangular faces above and below. The lozenges are uneven and varying in length and symmetry. The surfaces ae glossy and smooth and displa…
Created on: Tuesday 21st May 2019
Last updated: Monday 10th June 2019
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Record ID: SWYOR-2B543D
Object type: BEAD
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: Rotherham
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A collection of 9 glass beads of unknown date, Bronze Age to Modern. 1. Broken fragment of a large sky blue opaque glass bead. The internal structure of the glass suggests that it was trailed. D-shaped cross-section on each side of the cental circular hole (diameter at least 4mm). Length 13.4mm, width 13,9mm, thickness 6.9mm. It weighs 1.54g. 2. Opaque, grey blue sub-spherical glass bead. A raised flat band round the centre suggests that it was cast in a mould. Central hole 2.9mm diameter. Length 10.2mm. diameter 11.3mm, weight 1.58g. 3. Opaque, dark pink coloured sub-spherical glas…
Created on: Monday 20th May 2019
Last updated: Monday 10th June 2019
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Record ID: LEIC-ABB007
Object type: BEAD
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: Cambridgeshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Undated ceramic or possibly corroded glass? bead, 9mm thick, 15mm diameter, with a weight of 2.92g. The bead is circular in form and sub rectangular in cross section. It has a large central circular hole, 7mm in diameter and no visible decoration.
Created on: Tuesday 14th May 2019
Last updated: Friday 7th June 2019
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Record ID: LEIC-AB4522
Object type: BEAD
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: Cambridgeshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Undated copper alloy bead / shield clip ? 16mm in length, 7mm wide, 8mm thick, with a weight of 1.08g. The object is rectangular in form and circular in cross section. It appears to be formed of a sheet that has been folded into a sub-circular section, but it is damaged at this point so can't be confirmed. Its surface consists of four slightly raised rounded bands, which are separated by a recessed linear narrow ridge. The object is incomplete at each end and where it now joins it is hard to confirm if this was soldered or was designed to have a gap. If the former it may be a shield …
Created on: Tuesday 14th May 2019
Last updated: Friday 7th June 2019
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Record ID: PUBLIC-3FCFED
Object type: BEAD
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Doncaster
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
An unfinished white and black glass bead of probable early Anglo-Saxon dating, c. AD 410 to 700. The bead is globular, with one side slightly flattened. The bead has been made from an opaque white glass, with a translucent black glass band as decoration on the surface. The decorative pattern consists of a black wavy line. An attempt has been made to drill a hole though one of the sides of the bead, leaving a circular depression. Slight pitting and chipping is present on the surface. The side which is slightly flattened has a rippling effect, suggesting it has been struck by blunt forc…
Created on: Thursday 9th May 2019
Last updated: Tuesday 4th June 2019
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Near Doncaster', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: WMID-033CC3
Object type: BEAD
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Warwickshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Description: A complete biconical gold bead. The object has a central aperture running along the longest axis. There are several circumferential lines along the body of the bead, suggestive of its manufacture out of wire and since worn smooth, rather than made through wear. Dimensions: 15.2mm in length, 6.99mm in diameter and 2g in weight. Discussion: A number of biconical gold beads have been recorded on the PAS database, the majority of which have been constructed out of coils of beaded or unbeaded gold wire. Such examples include unbeaded gold wire beads from Cumnor in Oxfordshire…
Created on: Wednesday 24th April 2019
Last updated: Tuesday 16th July 2019
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Frankton', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: NMS-022926
Object type: BEAD
Broad period: ROMAN
County: Norfolk
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Probably Roman cast copper alloy annular bead, bi-convex with radial groove and slight collar on both faces at the mouth of the central perforation (5mm). External diameter 10.5mm. Length 5mm. Weight 2.06g. In Norfolk metal, usually copper alloy, beads are normally found in loose association with concentrations of Romano-British material, though none has been found in a sealed datable context. c.43-409 AD.
Created on: Wednesday 24th April 2019
Last updated: Wednesday 24th April 2019
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Record ID: YORYM-EE54EB
Object type: BEAD
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: North Yorkshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A complete probable wooden bead of uncertain date. The bead is circular with a central circular perforation. The wood has been painted/stained a dark blue colour. The bead is 8.9mm in diameter, 6.9mm thick and weighs 0.2g. The perforation is 3.1mm in diameter. Wooden beads are very difficult to date with any certainty. Due to a lack of contextual evidence and any diagnostic features it is not possible to date this object any more closely.
Created on: Tuesday 23rd April 2019
Last updated: Thursday 25th April 2019
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Record ID: SOM-EDFA7C
Object type: BEAD
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Somerset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A translucent yellow glass bead, probably dating to the Post Medieval period. The bead is spherical with a central piercing and a band of opaque white around the cnetre, caused by a change in colour in the glass trail rather than an applied band. It measures 9.30mm in diameter and weighs 1.20g. The glass appears to have been wound in a rail to form the bead. Glass beads are difficult to date with any certainty but the size, shape and colour would suggest that it is probably of Post Medieval date.
Created on: Tuesday 23rd April 2019
Last updated: Tuesday 14th May 2019
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Bratton Seymour', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: NMS-86A4E9
Object type: BEAD
Broad period: ROMAN
County: Norfolk
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Probable Roman cast copper alloy annular bead, irregular, central perforation, oval to D-sectioned sides. External diameter 15mm, length/thickness 4mm. Weighs 3.36g. In Norfolk metal beads (usually copper alloy) have been found in loose association with concentrations of Romano-British material, though none comes from a sealed, datable, context. c.43-409 AD.
Created on: Thursday 18th April 2019
Last updated: Thursday 18th April 2019
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Record ID: NLM-4924F9
Object type: BEAD
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: East Riding of Yorkshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Glass bead. An oval or barrel-shaped opaque pale blue or turquoise bead with a central stringing hole of diameter 3.4mm. The form is slightly irregular, especially at either end, though the hole is not. These irregularities might have arisen through either casual manufacture or adventitious damage, perhaps in a bonfire. Most beads of this tint are best ascribed to the Victorian period, when they enjoyed a particular vogue as adornments for lace bobbins. The colour does indeed resemble that of faience from Ancient Egypt, a consideration which may have enhanced their popularity after the…
Created on: Wednesday 3rd April 2019
Last updated: Wednesday 3rd April 2019
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Preston', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: WAW-BB209D
Object type: BEAD
Broad period: ROMAN
County: Warwickshire
Workflow stage: Published Find published
Copper alloy bead of unknown date. The bead is annular with a D shaped section around the edge of which is what looks like an incised, spiral line which changes from circumferential groove to a bead flanked by two grooves. Diameter 10.8mm, Height 4.3mm, Hole 4.8mm, Mass 1.35g. Copper alloy beads are difficult to date, dates, ranging from the 8th century BC to the Roman period.
Created on: Friday 15th March 2019
Last updated: Tuesday 19th March 2019
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Record ID: PUBLIC-7D3C91
Object type: BEAD
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: Leicestershire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Undated copper alloy, probable bead. The object is rectangular in form and circular in cross section. It appears to have a a linear incision on each edge.
Created on: Tuesday 12th March 2019
Last updated: Wednesday 20th March 2019
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Record ID: CORN-14AEB7
Object type: BEAD
Broad period: IRON AGE
County: Cornwall
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Sandstone bead, round in plan and sub-rectangular in profile with almost straight sides and a small central cylindrical perforation which is 6 mm in diameter. The diameter of the perforation and of the bead, at 23 mm, suggests that it was not wide enough to use as a spindle whorl and the perforation too narrow for a spindle, so its likely function was as a bead or pendant. The bead is pitted where inclusions have been eroded out of the basic fabric and there are still fragments of quartz and felspar visible. Threipland (1956) illustrates a stone bead-like spindle whorl, tall with stra…
Created on: Thursday 7th March 2019
Last updated: Thursday 4th April 2019
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Record ID: SWYOR-10BC48
Object type: BEAD
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: Leeds
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A sub-cylindrical cast lead probable bead, or fishing line weight, of unknown date, probably Early Medieval to post medieval, about AD 450 - 1800. The object has a length of 11.43mm and a diameter of 11.97mm. It weighs 10.04g. It is circular in cross-section but angled, so it leans to one side when stood upright. Both faces are slightly rounded and irregular. There is a narrow and tapering hole through the centre along its length. There are several examples of lead beads on the PAS database, including CAM-7B8A75, wherein Kevin Leahy notes in discussion that the late Early Medieval per…
Created on: Thursday 7th March 2019
Last updated: Monday 25th March 2019
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Record ID: BH-558979
Object type: BEAD
Broad period: ROMAN
County: Hertfordshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A complete copper-alloy bead or ring probably dating to the Roman period (c. AD 43-410). The bead is annular in shape and sub-D-shaped in cross-section. The surface is relatively smooth with little damage and has a greeny-grey patina. The object measures 12.9mm in external diameter, 5.9mm in internal diameter and is 3mm thick. It weighs 2.08 grams.
Created on: Tuesday 26th February 2019
Last updated: Thursday 28th February 2019
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Record ID: WAW-FCD158
Object type: BEAD
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Worcestershire
Workflow stage: Published Find published
Bead, oblate, mid-blue, translucent with some bubbles, only one half surviving. Diameter 9.8mm, Height 5.8mm, Hole 4.0, Mass 0.43mm. Blue glass beads are notoriously difficult to date as they start in the Iron Age and remain popular into the 6th century AD.
Created on: Friday 22nd February 2019
Last updated: Friday 22nd February 2019
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Record ID: PUBLIC-6C8CC1
Object type: BEAD
Broad period: IRON AGE
County: Lincolnshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A cast copper-alloy yellow bead dating from the late Iron Age to the Roman periods. The bead is biconical with an even central perforation.
Created on: Friday 15th February 2019
Last updated: Thursday 6th June 2019
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Caistor area', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: YORYM-569671
Object type: BEAD
Broad period: UNKNOWN
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
An incomplete glass bead of uncertain date. Approximately half of the bead remains, the rest having been lost to an irregular break. It is circular with a slightly off-central circular perforation. The glass is an opaque light blue colour. The bead is 10.6mm in diameter, 7.7mm tall and weighs 0.8g. The perforation is 3.2mm in diameter. Glass beads are very difficult to date with any certainty. They are often thought to be Roman in date though blue glass beads were commonly for use in spangles on lace making bobbins in the 19th century. Due to a lack of contextual evidence and any dia…
Created on: Thursday 14th February 2019
Last updated: Wednesday 27th February 2019
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Record ID: SUR-165AC6
Object type: BEAD
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Hampshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A gold biconical bead of 8.4mm diameter, with slightly dished, concave faces and a central pierced hole 2.5mm in diameter. The inner surface of the hole is rough and there is a visible casting flaw within the interior. Diameter: 8.4mm, thickness / height: 6.3mm, weight: 1.88g.
Created on: Monday 11th February 2019
Last updated: Tuesday 16th April 2019
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Record ID: SUR-155B9D
Object type: BEAD
Broad period: IRON AGE
County: Oxfordshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
a globular copper alloy bead, 12.3mm in diameter. The surface is undecorated and unmarked; the central hole has traces of file marks around the interior and is 5.4mm in diameter.
Created on: Monday 11th February 2019
Last updated: Thursday 7th March 2019
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Record ID: DYFED-ACCB62
Object type: BEAD
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: Pembrokeshire
Workflow stage: Published Find published
Glass bead which is Blue in colour, it has a rough finish, which may be due to age and condition. The bead has a hole that goes through the centre, but goes through diagonally and not straight. There is a small ball of clear glass attached to the top of the bead, which as another hole but does not appear to pierce completely through the bead. This bead is of uncertain date. The bead weighs 2.6g and is 17mm across.
Created on: Wednesday 6th February 2019
Last updated: Wednesday 6th February 2019
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Milford Haven', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SOM-9A51AD
Object type: BEAD
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: Somerset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A copper alloy bead of unknown date, possibly Roman. The bead is circular in plan with flat faces, convex outer side and only slightly convex inner face. It has a light green patina and shows areas of slight abrasion. The bead measure 15.8 mm in diameter, 5.2mm in thickness and weighs 5.08 grams. Copper alloy beads without context are difficult to date. A number of very similar beads are recorded on this database with a variety of date ranges suggested, cf. SOM-874C14, BH-495892, SF-C96EFB, IOW-04D9D1. However, this bead was found near artefacts of Roman date, particularly from the …
Created on: Tuesday 5th February 2019
Last updated: Friday 8th February 2019
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Record ID: SWYOR-87E33D
Object type: BEAD
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: Rotherham
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A blue glass bead of unknown date, Bronze Age to Modern, 2200 BC - AD 1950. The bead is made from opaque dark blue glass with spiral trails visible in the structure. It is sub-annular, tending towards square with a D shaped cross section on each side of the circular central hole. One end is conical, and the other is more rounded. Spiral lines in the structure are the result of the winding process during manufacture. The bead is not decorated, but appears to be complete. The bead is 4.2mm wide, 4.1mm thick and 3.5mm long from end to end. The central hole is 1mm diameter. 0.09g. Blue gl…
Created on: Monday 4th February 2019
Last updated: Monday 11th March 2019
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Record ID: SWYOR-876D98
Object type: BEAD
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: Rotherham
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A blue glass bead of unknown date, Bronze Age to Modern, 2200 BC - AD 1950. The bead is made from opaque sky blue glass with no evidence of manufacture visible in the structure, and is very glossy. It is sub-spherical, globular, slightly taller at one side than the other, with a D shaped cross section on each side of the circular central hole. The bead is not decorated. It is 4.5mm tall, 5.1mm diameter and 0.1g. A fragment of copper alloy wire was found threaded through the bead. It has a straight end which is 0.9mm diameter and circular in section, and has longitudinal raised lines a…
Created on: Monday 4th February 2019
Last updated: Monday 11th March 2019
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Record ID: CORN-18442A
Object type: BEAD
Broad period: IRON AGE
County: Cornwall
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A small dark blue wound spherical glass bead with an off central perforation. The bead is slightly miss-shaped, due to the bead being held too long in heat during the manufacturing process. The bead would have been formed on an iron mandrel or rod, by melting glass until it flowed onto a rotated rod to form a disc. The bead is 10.8 mm in diameter, 7.5 mm in height with a the central perforation that varies from 2.8 mm to 3 mm in diameter, suggesting that the iron rod that it was made on was tapered. Irregular beads similar to this bead are common from the Iron Age, Roman and Early Medi…
Created on: Wednesday 30th January 2019
Last updated: Tuesday 26th March 2019
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Record ID: NLM-99F356
Object type: BEAD
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Lincolnshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Lead alloy bead. Cast ball with a drilled stringing hole of diameter 2.8mm and a flattened area around it of diameter 5.5mm. Patinated. The material would have appeared silvery when new, or polished. This may have served as a paternoster bead in a rosary: serving as a spacer between more numerous beads of other material, indicating variation in a repetitive round of prayers. The devotion of the Rosary was a later medieval development, and its promulgation was traditionally linked to preaching by the Dominican Order. Suggested date: Medieval, 1250-1500 Diameter: 13.6mm, Length (along s…
Created on: Thursday 24th January 2019
Last updated: Thursday 24th January 2019
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Wyham cum Cadeby', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: YORYM-091785
Object type: BEAD
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: East Riding of Yorkshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A complete glass bead, fragmented into two parts, of uncertain date. The bead is cylindrical, narrowing slightly, with a central circular perforation running through its length. Inset slightly from its narrower end is an incised groove which runs around its circumference. Inset slightly from its wider end are three parallel incised grooves which run around its circumference. The bead is red in colour. The bead is broken at about two thirds of the way along its length in a diagonal break. The bead is 27.3mm in total length (the fragments are 18.9mm and 9.9mm in length), 6.5mm in dia…
Created on: Thursday 17th January 2019
Last updated: Friday 18th January 2019
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Record ID: YORYM-08C874
Object type: BEAD
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: East Riding of Yorkshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A complete glass or stone bead of uncertain date. The bead is spherical with a central circular perforation. The bead is pale green in colour. The bead is 8.2mm in diameter, 6.8mm thick and weighs 0.6g. The perforation is 2.7mm in diameter. Beads are very difficult to date with any certainty. Similar beads have been recorded on the PAS database as LVPL-7076A9, SF-E25990, and SF-84B45F with a range of dates. Glass beads are often thought to be Roman in date though blue glass beads were commonly used in spangles on lace making bobbins in the 19th century. Due to a lack of contextual ev…
Created on: Thursday 17th January 2019
Last updated: Friday 18th January 2019
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