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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-3858A0
Object type: COIN HOARD
Broad period: ROMAN
County: Somerset
Workflow stage: Published Find published
Treasure case 2013 T179: Acquired by the Museum of Somerset. For full catalogue and details of the excavation please contact the Somerset FLO. The find consists of 3335 base silver coins of the second and third centuries AD. 165 of which are denarii (which had been the principle Roman denomination during the first two centuries of Roman Britain) and the rest are radiates, the denarius-multiple (probably a double denarius) first introduced in AD 215 and which began to take over as the main denomination in the course of the third century. In addition, there are four large brass co…
Created on: Friday 3rd May 2013
Last updated: Thursday 10th August 2017
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Yeovil', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SOM-C16CB1
Object type: FINGER RING
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Somerset
Workflow stage: Published Find published
Treasure case 2014 T190: Not Treasure Description: Very small gold finger ring with a 'posy' inscription on the inner side. The ring is D-shaped in section with a slightly convex outer side. The hoop is of even width with no bezel. The outer side is decorated with an incised straight line just inside the upper and lower edge creating upper and lower borders. In the field between them three parallel incised lines create a double wavy line curving from the upper to the lower edge in regular waves. The inner side is inscribed with an inscription in italics reading: Accept it if …
Created on: Friday 21st March 2014
Last updated: Wednesday 24th August 2016
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Wivesliscombe CP', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SOM-083A37
Object type: BROOCH
Broad period: ROMAN
County: Somerset
Workflow stage: Published Find published
An incomplete cast copper-alloy Dorset-type T-shaped brooch of early Roman date. The head, pin and upper part of the bow are missing to old breaks; the rest of the bow, the leg and catch-plate survive. The head is lost to an old, broadly horizontal break. The bow is sub-rectangular in cross-section. The front is moulded with two ridges at the sides and a central bevelled ridge with deep longituidinal groove. Between the ridges are very fine diagonally incised lines. Compared to the bow the plain leg is thinned. It tapers gradually, terminating in a ridged foot knob. On its lower surfa…
Created on: Friday 28th February 2014
Last updated: Sunday 15th February 2015
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Somerton CP', grid reference and parish protected.


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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-B7BB87
Object type: BROOCH
Broad period: ROMAN
County: Somerset
Workflow stage: Published Find published
An incomplete copper-alloy Roman brooch of Colchester derivative, Polden Hill (Mackreth Group 5, flat wing ends type, Western Group), cf. Mackreth 2011, 5.b1. Plate 50. No. 1735 of later 1st to mid 2nd century AD. The pin mechanism is missing, with the pin, as is the foot and catch-plate. The head has short wings (given a wide bow at this point) with oval perforated end plates; the axis bar is missing, both plates having abraded through. There is a double transverse groove and ridge at each terminal. Set forward from the centre of the head is a rearward facing hook: possibly a loop f…
Created on: Tuesday 19th November 2013
Last updated: Wednesday 26th April 2017
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Wincanton', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SOM-B7CA61
Object type: COIN HOARD
Broad period: ROMAN
County: Somerset
Workflow stage: Published Find published
1 as, 1 sestertius, 1 denarius and 7562 radiates and a bronze ring to AD 274 Cu-alloy ring (3.60g; max diam. 26mm) found fused to sestertius. Uncertain if a finger ring or bag fastening. Summary (all radiates unless noted): Central Empire Marcus Aurelius (AD 161-80), 1 (sestertius) Wars of the Succession (AD 193-7) Septimius Severus, 1 (denarius) Gordian III (AD 238-44), 1 Philip I (AD 244-9), 1 Decius (AD 249-51), 1 Herennia Etruscilla, 1 Trebonianus Gallus (AD 251-3), 4 Joint reign of Valerian & Gallienus (AD 253-60) Valerian I, 107 Gallienus, 45 Uncertain (Valeri…
Created on: Tuesday 19th November 2013
Last updated: Tuesday 11th April 2017
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'South Petherton', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SOM-E05190
Object type: CUFF LINK
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Somerset
Workflow stage: Published Find published
Treasure case 2013 T789: Disclaimed and returned to finder A post-medieval silver cufflink element, from the end of a cufflink (Lewis Form 1). On the front is a raised design of a pair of clasped hands with a single-arched crown above and single flaming heart below (Lewis Type C variant - most have two hearts). The raised design is surrounded by a stippled background within a raised circular line border. Corresponding recessed areas on the back suggest the design was stamped, though only one the cuffs and crown can be discerned clearly. Beyond this is a down turned edge forming the…
Created on: Thursday 21st November 2013
Last updated: Thursday 10th August 2017
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'South Petherton', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SOM-F008E5
Object type: SCRAPER (TOOL)
Broad period: NEOLITHIC
County: Somerset
Workflow stage: Published Find published
A flint horseshoe-shaped scraper of mid/dark-grey flint of Late Neolithic to Early Bronze Age date (c. 2500 - 1500 BC). Made on a tertiary flake with no surviving cortex. At the proximal end is a small striking platform, partially removed by old damage. On the ventral face the bulb is shallow, and the ripples travel diagonally. The dorsal face has two main scars creating steep sides either side of a flat median ridge. Around half of the distal edge has been retouched, quite crudely and abruptly, creating a curved working edge, with finer retouch above. The surface of the scraper has s…
Created on: Wednesday 4th December 2013
Last updated: Thursday 5th June 2014
Spatial data recorded.


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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-6ACEE1
Object type: BROOCH
Broad period: ROMAN
County: Somerset
Workflow stage: Published Find published
The leg and foot from a Roman copper-alloy bow brooch, possibly of the local devolved T-shaped type and dating to the 2nd century AD. The bow and leg are formed of a wide, flat and thin strip which narrows gradually towards the end. It is 11.7mm wide at the break and 6.6mm wide above the footknob. The knob is formed of a thick semicircle set at 90 degrees to the foot and slightly wider at 8.9mm. The bow is decorated on the front with three longitudinal grooves just below the old break, below which seven transverse ridges and concomitant grooves. On the back is a large catch-plate, …
Created on: Friday 3rd January 2014
Last updated: Wednesday 30th March 2016
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Ilchester CP', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SOM-505DD6
Object type: MOUNT
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Somerset
Workflow stage: Published Find published
Treasure case 2014 T229: Acquired by Museum of Somerset A silver gilt Medieval mount in the form of the Holy Rood. The piece is a plain cross bearing the haloed figure of Christ crucified. Two standing figures flank the cross, representing Mary on Christ's left, and John the Evangelist on his right (as we view it). A scrolled panel across the top of the cross probably bore the legend INRI (Iesus Nazarenus Rex Iudiorum (Jesus of Nazareth, King of the Jews)) but this is now worn. The base of the cross and the figures of Mary and John stand on a base with a flat top and wide pyramidal…
Created on: Wednesday 9th April 2014
Last updated: Tuesday 17th May 2016
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Stockland Bristol 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-8AEBB3
Object type: BRACELET
Broad period: ROMAN
County: Somerset
Workflow stage: Published Find published
A twisted fragment consisting of approximately a quarter of a cast copper-alloy bracelet or armlet of late Roman date (c. 4th century AD). The fragment consists of the bracelet's terminal, the hook end, with abraded hook extant. The bracelet is rectangular with rounded corners in cross-section. In profile it has been twisted to one side, then round on itself such that it abuts the side of the hooked end at right angles to it. The bracelet expands in width gradually from the hook end. It is decorated unifacially using multiple motifs. What survives on this example is a raised lozenge w…
Created on: Monday 10th February 2014
Last updated: Saturday 16th August 2014
Spatial data recorded.


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Record ID: SOM-B72B90
Object type: COIN HOARD
Broad period: ROMAN
County: Somerset
Workflow stage: Published Find published
Treasure case 2014 T543: disclaimed, returned to finder. Kingsdon, SOMERSET 2 AR siliquae to c. AD 364 Circumstances of discovery The hoard was found by Mr. [redacted] in 2014, prior to 13th August 2014, whilst metal-detecting on pasture that had previously been disturbed. The two coins were found at a depth of c. 2-3" in the same field, amongst a large number of contemporary coins in base metal. Description of the find The find consists of two silver siliquae. The latest coin is, notably, a contemporary copy of Jovian issued c. AD 363-364; this is commented on belo…
Created on: Wednesday 13th August 2014
Last updated: Tuesday 4th October 2016
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Kingsdon 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-9D62EA
Object type: COIN
Broad period: ROMAN
County: Somerset
Workflow stage: Published Find published
A Roman copper-alloy nummus of Magnentius (AD 350-3), dating the period AD 351 to 352 (Reece Period 18), VICTORIAE DD NN AVG ET CAES reverse type depicting two Victories holding up one large shield containing the legend VOT V MVLT X. Mint of Amiens. RIC VIII, p. 122, no. 11
Created on: Friday 5th September 2014
Last updated: Saturday 2nd December 2017
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Cannington 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-2B2EC2
Object type: FINGER RING
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Somerset
Workflow stage: Published Find published
Treasure case 2014 T650 : Declared not Treasure and returned to finder Description: Gold finger ring with 'posy' inscription. The finger ring is D-shaped in section with convex outer side and straight inner face. Around three quarters of the inner face is inscribed the legend: 'In thee my choyse I do rejoyes··' (In thee my choice I do rejoice). There are small traces of black enamel in some letters,. The lettering is italic with a double upright on the first I and cross bars on the I's and J and an elongated upper serif on the c. There is no makers mark. There are some very s…
Created on: Wednesday 24th September 2014
Last updated: Tuesday 16th December 2014
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Near Highbridge', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SOM-E8AE5B
Object type: COIN
Broad period: ROMAN
County: Somerset
Workflow stage: Published Find published
A Roman copper-alloy radiate of Carausius dating to the period AD 286 to 293 (Reece period 14). PAX AVG reverse type depicting Pax standing left holding a branch up in her right hand and vertical sceptre in left. Probably Unattributed Mint. RIC V, pt 2, p. 535, cf. 880. This coin is included in Sam Moorhead's corpus for RIC.
Created on: Friday 3rd October 2014
Last updated: Wednesday 6th January 2016
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Kingsdon CP', grid reference and parish protected.


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