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    • Created: Monday 22nd February 2010
    • Institution: DENO
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Record ID: DENO-26AB57
Object type: AMULET
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Derbyshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Spherical fossil sponge (called 'porosphaera', from the cretaceous period, 70-135 million years ago) with naturally occuring, slightly tapering, hole through it. Diameter c.78mm, diameter of perforation 12mm-10.5mm, weight 480.8g. Wear around the edges of the hole may indicate that this has been suspended at some point, although the wear is not in the same position at both ends - possibly just damage. Stones with holes through them are sometimes called hag stones and are thought to have amuletic powers, warding off withcraft/bad luck etc. This was found buried beneath the flo…
Created on: Monday 22nd February 2010
Last updated: Thursday 24th February 2011
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Wirksworth', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: DENO-26E394
Object type: AMULET
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Derbyshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Cast lead alloy human head. Oval in plan, D-sectioned (flat on the back). Realistically modelled head with curly hair coming down over the forehead to just above the eye-brows; the nose tip is flattened, narrow but full-lipped mouth, rounded chin. Slightly hollowed in the centre of the reverse. Silver-grey surface with some small patches of white ?limescale. Length 77.1mm, max width (just above temples) 43.7mm, max thickness (across forehead & nose) 24.5mm, weight 488.1g. This was found inside a drystone garden boundary wall attached to a 17th/18th century house. Larger carved stone…
Created on: Monday 22nd February 2010
Last updated: Thursday 24th February 2011
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Wirksworth', grid reference and parish protected.


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