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Record ID: SOM-A636D3
Object type: PALSTAVE
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Somerset
Workflow stage: Published Find published
Middle Bronze Age cast copper-alloy palstave (axehead) of unlooped type .The palstave is corroded, with some losses at its extremities. The septum is thinner than the blade suggesting that this is a palstave rather than an earlier flanged axe (Schmidt and Burgess 1981, 115). The flanges gradually widen from the butt to the stop, creating a triangular shape in profile. The stop is angled forwards slightly at its centre. The blade is rectangular in cross-section with shallowly curved sides that widen gradually towards the cutting edge before curving out more approaching the cuttin…
Created on: Friday 26th April 2013
Last updated: Monday 13th May 2013
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Selwood', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SOM-589161
Object type: CHISEL
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Somerset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A Middle to Late Bronze Age cast copper-alloy chisel. Such chisels are generally thought to be wood working tools. It has a rectangular sectioned tang with a thinned and rounded end; the other end widens and flattened into the blade which ends with a fairly shallow curve and slightly abraded at the corners. The blade is also thinned compared to the central section which is the widest point. There is no evidence of a stop ridge or side lugs. The object has a fairly even dark-brown patina with some slight pitting.
Created on: Thursday 2nd January 2014
Last updated: Thursday 2nd January 2014
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Kingsdon CP', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SOM-9AAFF3
Object type: HAMMER
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Somerset
Workflow stage: Published Find published
Description: Late Bronze Age socketed hammer, broadly sub-rectangular with slightly convex faces and a square socket. The top and bottom face angle slightly together towards the striking surface giving the sides of the hammer a trapezoid shape. The striking surface is also convex curved giving rounded ends to the sides of the hammer. There is a wide, plain thickened collar at the socket end of the hammer adjacent to the rim; the corners of this are rounded giving a sub-square outer edge to the rim. There is no clear evidence for a loop, although on side is corroded and could potential…
Created on: Wednesday 17th September 2014
Last updated: Monday 4th December 2017
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Whitelackington CP', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SOM-0F85D7
Object type: PALSTAVE
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Somerset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A late Middle Bronze Age/early Late Bronze Age cast copper-alloy palstave (axehead) of unlooped type. The palstave is corroded and pitted. There is not much difference in width between septum and blade; the particular narrowness of the blade suggests an ancillary use as a chisel. The low flanges are abraded but gradually widen from the butt to the mid point, narrowing again towards the stop ridge with which they are fused, creating an elongated oval shape in profile. Just beyond the stop ridge are pronounced lateral protrusions; such lugs or 'trunnions' are known on chisels, but also …
Created on: Wednesday 30th October 2013
Last updated: Wednesday 30th October 2013
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Doulting CP', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SOM-EFE752
Object type: MOUNT
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Somerset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A rectangular object, probably a mount, cast in copper alloy of probable late early-medieval date (c. 9th/10th century AD). Broadly rectangular, it has slightly concave long sides. Both short ends are slightly ragged with irregular protrusions, it is unclear whether these are unfinished or old breaks. It is probable the object previously continued below the lower edge where there is the stub of a projection which is narrower than the existing piece. A zoomorphic design fills the field which is bordered all around with a plain raised border. Made in sunken low relief the device is a…
Created on: Thursday 27th February 2014
Last updated: Monday 28th July 2014
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Huish Episcopi CP', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SOM-50E721
Object type: INGOT
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Somerset
Workflow stage: Published Find published
Description: Rectangular bar-shaped ingot with concave ends. The upper and lower surfaces and the sides are hammered smooth, with ancient abrasions. Metal analysis: Surface metal analysis conducted at the British Museum by the Department of Conservation and Scientific Research indicated an approximate silver content for the ingot of 81%, the remainder being copper, iron, zinc, lead, gold and tin. This surface analysis is likely to give a slight overestimate of the silver content of the core metal as corrosion alters the composition of the surface of the ingot by preferentially leac…
Created on: Wednesday 9th April 2014
Last updated: Friday 5th February 2016
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Carhampton CP', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SOM-E5B0E1
Object type: STRAP END
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Somerset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
An incomplete early-medieval cast copper-alloy strap-end, classified as Thomas's (2003, 2) Class A, Type 1 (Trewhiddle style), abraded and broken at the attachment end. This would date the artefact to around the 9th century AD. The strap-end is flat in profile, though bent downwards at the attachment end as a result of old damage. The plate is sub-rectangular with sides that taper gradually towards an animal head terminal. Only the lower half of the split attachment end survives, abraded and broken through at the two rivet holes; no rivets survive. The plate is unifacially decor…
Created on: Wednesday 16th April 2014
Last updated: Wednesday 16th April 2014
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Otterhampton CP', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SOM-E7D323
Object type: STRAP END
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Somerset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
An incomplete early-medieval cast copper-alloy strap-end, classified as Thomas's (2003, 2) Class A, Type 1 (Trewhiddle style), broken across the main panel before the animal head terminal. This would date the artefact to around the 9th century AD. The strap-end is flat in profile, though bent downwards at an angle at the terminal as a result of the old damage mentioned. The plate is sub-rectangular with sides that tapered very gradually towards an animal head terminal. Both halves of the split attachment end survive, though neither rivet is in situ in the two rivet holes; one of th…
Created on: Wednesday 16th April 2014
Last updated: Wednesday 16th April 2014
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Otterhampton CP', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SOM-0651B9
Object type: PIN
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Somerset
Workflow stage: Published Find published
Treasure case 2014 T587: disclaimed as Treasure and returned to finder. Description: An early-medieval or medieval terminal from a pin or lace-tag, in the form of a tapering, circular shaft with a polyhedral head. The head is in the form of a cuboid with corners cut off (7.4 by 5.9 by 5.6mm). Each lozengiform facet of the head is engraved with a quatrefoil with lozengiform leaves, a design enhanced with a surrounding niello inlay. The triangular faces are decorated with a V-shaped inlay in niello. Below the head is a raised collar. The hollow shaft flares from the collar to the …
Created on: Friday 29th August 2014
Last updated: Monday 20th April 2015
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Wembdon', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SOM-B161F3
Object type: STRAP END
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Somerset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
An early-medieval cast copper-alloy strap-end, classified as Thomas's (2003, 2) Class A, Type 2 (probably geometric style), slightly damaged at the attachment end. This would date the artefact to around the 9th century AD. The strap-end is flat in profile. The plate expands from a width of c. 9.3mm the attachment end to a maximum width of c. 12.6mm at the base of the split. From this point it tapers consistently towards an animal head terminal. The split end has been bent down slighty. On both halves the pairs of rivet holes have been abraded through. The plate is unifacially de…
Created on: Friday 13th June 2014
Last updated: Tuesday 17th June 2014
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Williton CP', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SOM-A2F363
Object type: STRAP END
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Somerset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
An early-medieval copper-alloy strap-end, classified as Thomas's (2003, 2) Class A, Type 1 (Trewhiddle style), slightly damaged at the attachment end. This would date the artefact to around the 9th century AD. The strap-end is flat in profile. The plate expands from a width of 10.0mm the attachment end to a maximum width of 13.5mm at the base of the split. From this point it tapers consistently towards an animal head terminal (W.: 6.8mm). The upper half of the split attachment end survives intact, pierced twice, though neither rivet survives. It has also been bent upwards. The lowe…
Created on: Friday 25th April 2014
Last updated: Thursday 19th February 2015
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Chedzoy CP', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SOM-A3C7D6
Object type: BROOCH
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Somerset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A copper-alloy button brooch of early-medieval date (5th - 6th century AD), of Class C. This example is incomplete in so far as its iron pin been lost to corrosion; a trace of corrosion product is present adjacent to one of the lugs (now so abraded that one cannot distinguish the pin lug from catch-plate). The rim is upturned (H.: 3.2mm) and very slightly flared. The upper surface is decorated with a central moulded anthropomorphic face-mask viewed straight on within a line border. The helmet is formed a pair of nested peltaic outlines. The eyebrows and nose are formed of a single T-s…
Created on: Friday 25th April 2014
Last updated: Friday 9th May 2014
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Pawlett CP', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SOM-F6DAF3
Object type: COIN
Broad period: IRON AGE
County: Somerset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A British Iron Age copper-alloy stater, uninscribed South Western (Durotriges), VA 1290/BMC 2790-2859/ABC 2175. The flan is seemingly small in its current state.
Created on: Friday 24th May 2013
Last updated: Tuesday 25th June 2013
Spatial data recorded.


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Record ID: SOM-21D1B2
Object type: BROOCH
Broad period: IRON AGE
County: Somerset
Workflow stage: Published Find published
An Iron Age La Tène IBa type brooch dating to the 4th to 3rd centuries BC, incomplete in so far as it is missing its pin. The brooch comprises a sprung head, a curved bow and foot with catch-plate. The brooch has been made in one piece. The head is formed from the top of the bow, which becomes thinner and circular in section forming a thick wire. This coils twice to the left of the bow (when in plan), loops over the top of the head and coils twice towards the centre. At this point the wire has broken, but would have formed the pin. Within the coils is a corroded crude bar in copper a…
Created on: Tuesday 12th November 2013
Last updated: Sunday 2nd February 2014
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Wincanton', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SOM-20E048
Object type: COIN
Broad period: IRON AGE
County: Somerset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
An Iron Age copper-alloy stater of British uninscribed South Western type dating to the period c. AD 10 to c. 40. South Western/Durotriges group. Van Arsdell no. 1290; BMC nos. 2790-2859; ABC no. 2175.
Created on: Tuesday 12th November 2013
Last updated: Monday 9th February 2015
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Wincanton', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SOM-E3B174
Object type: BROOCH
Broad period: IRON AGE
County: Somerset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Upper part of the bow and head of a Late Iron Age cast copper alloy birdlip type brooch. The lower part of the bow, pin, foot and catchplate are missing. It the top of the remaining section the bow is oval with a concave back. This probably formed the trumpet shaped head with a spring held in the concave section, although the attachment is lost. The edges of this oval head are damaged, particularly around the lower edges and it may have been larger originally. From this oval top the bow rises at 90 degrees before bending over abruptly and running relatively straight to the foot. In…
Created on: Friday 14th February 2014
Last updated: Thursday 20th February 2014
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Misterton CP', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SOM-6E1A40
Object type: FIGURINE
Broad period: IRON AGE
County: Somerset
Workflow stage: Published Find published
A cast copper-alloy fragment moulded in the round in the form of a bovine head, possibly of Late Iron Age/early Roman date. The creature has a snout that curves upwards at the tip, broadly circular in cross-section, and with a triangular flat area on the tip's upper surface to represent a nose. The sides of the upper surface behind this are bevelled. Behind this are oval eyes moulded in low relief. At right angles to the back of the snout is a neck of sub-triangular cross-section. This has been truncated below the snout as a result of old damage. At the top, behind the eyes, are two a…
Created on: Tuesday 10th December 2013
Last updated: Monday 6th January 2014
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Nynehead CP', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SOM-AD7925
Object type: COIN
Broad period: IRON AGE
County: Somerset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A British Iron Age copper-alloy stater, uninscribed South Western (Durotriges), c. AD 10-40, VA 1290/BMC 2790-2859/ABC 2175. The flan now has an irregular, elongated shape.
Created on: Thursday 19th September 2013
Last updated: Tuesday 8th October 2013
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Somerton', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SOM-760FAD
Object type: STIRRUP
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Somerset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A cast copper-alloy stirrup-strap mount of late early-medieval to medieval date (c. late 11th century AD). This tapering pear-shaped mount can be classified as a Williams Class A, Type 10A mount, based on its decoration in the English Urnes style. It is solid, of a hollow convex form with a common right angle flange at its base (Type A, Williams 1997, 25), solid and offset at the sides.The base of the mount's front has been perforated twice, with the two iron rivets surviving corroded in situ. Opposite the base is the rounded apex loop which similarly retains an iron rivet corroded…
Created on: Friday 22nd August 2014
Last updated: Monday 1st February 2016
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Bicknoller CP', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SOM-D30122
Object type: THIMBLE
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Somerset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A medieval sheet copper-alloy domed thimble with sloping sides, now squashed. There are multiple circular drilled or punched pits in slightly irregular concentric circles on the sides and top. Just above the base, below the pits, is an incised line. The thimble is 25.15mm long and 17.2mm wide in its squashed state; it weighs 5.15g, but this weight included mud. The thimble is probably late medieval in date (AD 1400-1500). It was probably used for light duty sewing (Egan 1998, 265).
Created on: Tuesday 16th April 2013
Last updated: Wednesday 17th April 2013
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