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    • Created by: Naomi Payne
    • Created after: Sunday 1st January 2006
    • Created before: Sunday 31st December 2006
    • Primary material: Lead

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Record ID: SOMDOR-D374E7
Object type: AMPULLA
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Somerset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A cast lead ampulla of fourteenth to fifteenth century AD date. The bag or flask-shaped ampulla measures 50mm by 28.6mm by 11.3mm and weighs 44.7g, including the earth which remains inside. It is complete except for one of its side lugs and part of the mouth, which is uneven and distorted. One side of the lower (circular) part is decorated with a four-petalled flower. There is a hatched motif on the other side but it is too indistinct to identify with certainty.
Created on: Monday 11th December 2006
Last updated: Thursday 24th February 2011
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Emborough', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SOMDOR-46E314
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Somerset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A cast lead spindle whorl of probable medieval date. The bi-convex spindle whorl has a diameter of 30.9mm, a maximum thickness of 13.4mm and weighs 59.21g. The central circular hole has a diameter of 10.2mm. There is a different moulded design on each side of the spindle whorl. One side is decorated with a series of radiating curved lines, each with three pellets in between and the other side is decorated with a zigzagged line, with groups of two to three pellets in each angle created.
Created on: Wednesday 22nd November 2006
Last updated: Thursday 24th February 2011
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Chedzoy', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SOMDOR-C337D7
Object type: AMPULLA
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Somerset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A cast lead ampulla of fourteenth to fifteenth century AD date. The bag or flask-shaped ampulla measures 50.1mm by 29.6mm by 6.5mm and weighs 48.24g. It is imcomplete apart from its side lugs, only the stubs of which remain. One side of the lower (circular) part is decorated with moulded vertical lines, in imitation of a scallop shell. The other side has a moulded W, for Walsingham (Norfolk), in the centre of the circular part, which is below another device, probably a crown. There is a crack across the ampulla in this area which make this unclear.
Created on: Thursday 16th November 2006
Last updated: Thursday 24th February 2011
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Whitelackington', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SOMDOR-48EFA5
Object type: CLOTH SEAL
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Somerset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A two disc cast lead cloth seal of probable post-medieval date. The cloth seal has a diameter of 20.4mm, it is 3mm thick and weighs 4.94g. The tag which held the two halves together prior to use is missing but the seal is otherwise complete. The external face of the second (rivetted) disc is moulded with a detailed depiction of a castle or tower. On the external face of the first disc there is an unclear device, possibly an initial. Geoff Egan comments: "This cloth seal is not familiar but may be Continental, perhaps from France or the Low Countries, and probably dates from the sixteen…
Created on: Friday 10th November 2006
Last updated: Thursday 24th February 2011
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Wembdon', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SOMDOR-12C983
Object type: PENCIL
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Somerset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A fragment of possible cast lead pencil of medieval or post-medieval date. The fragment measures 34.1mm in length by 5.5mm in maximum diameter and weighs 4.98g. The object is loosely cylindical with a slightly oval cross-section. One end appears to have been broken and the other end tapers to a dull point. Other examples of possible lead pencils on the Portable Antiquities Scheme database include IOW-F54C01, from Shalfleet in the Isle of Wight and SF7780 from Brandon, Suffolk.
Created on: Monday 2nd October 2006
Last updated: Thursday 24th February 2011
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Milverton', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SOMDOR-82F8A6
Object type: CLOTH SEAL
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Somerset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
The fragmentary first disc from a two disc cast lead cloth seal of probable seventeenth century date. The fragment measures 28.4mm by 23.14mm by 3.5mm and weighs 9.86g. The external face depicts a shield on which there is a upwards pointing sword with two mullets on each side and a cross pattee above. These are the arms of the city of Haarlem in Holland. Around the arms is the legend HAERL[EMS GOET], meaning goods from Haarlem. On the rivet is the number 20, which indicated the length in Dutch ells of the cloth being certified. Around the rivet is the impression of a finely woven cloth.
Created on: Friday 1st September 2006
Last updated: Thursday 24th February 2011
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Milborne Port', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SOMDOR-1B0122
Object type: POWDER MEASURE
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Somerset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A cast lead powder charger cap, probably dating from the late seventeenth century. The object has a oval base, 21.71mm by 17.92mm and sides 16.97mm high which flare out slightly. At opposite ends of the base are the two integral loops which would have allowed the cap to slide up and down a looped cord attached to the top end of the charger.
Created on: Tuesday 15th August 2006
Last updated: Tuesday 20th June 2017
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Misterton', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SOMDOR-8B4B78
Object type: CLOTH SEAL
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Somerset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Disc one from a two-part cast lead cloth seal of post-medieval date. The disc has a diameter of 18.9mm, a maximim thickness of 2.4mm and a weight of 3.35g. The exterior surface is stamped with the letters G and A. On the rivet there appear to be at least two entwined letters, possibly G and B. On the interior surface there is the impression from a finely woven cloth. This cloth seal probably dates from the seventeenth or eighteenth centuries.
Created on: Thursday 27th July 2006
Last updated: Thursday 24th February 2011
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Milverton', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SOMDOR-11E3E1
Object type: CLOTH SEAL
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Dorset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Part of a cast lead cloth seal of probable post-medieval date. The surviving fragment is the first disc from a two disc cloth seal; the second disc and connecting strip are missing. The fragment measures 21.23mm in maximum diameter, 3.87mm in maximum thickness and weighs 5.52g. On the external face of the first disc there is a letter 'A' with an annulet above, below and on each side. On the rivet there is the central part of the full design, a pine cone, which was the heraldic badge of the city of Augsburg, Germany.
Created on: Thursday 15th June 2006
Last updated: Thursday 24th February 2011
Spatial data recorded.


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Record ID: SOMDOR-01C437
Object type: HOOKED TAG
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Somerset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
An incomplete cast lead hooked tag of probable early post-medieval date. The surviving part of the hooked tag has been squashed out of shape and in its present state it measures 15.71mm by 12.41mm by 4.21mm and weighs 2.79g. The decorative front part comprises two adjacent domes, both with slightly frilled edges and decorated with three equally spaced moulded annulets, each with a dot in the centre. On one side part of the hooked tag has broken away. The missing fragment is likely to have consisted of a third dome and the hook. On the reverse is a central casting line and a squared pro…
Created on: Friday 2nd June 2006
Last updated: Thursday 24th February 2011
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Crewkerne', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SOMDOR-215424
Object type: AMPULLA
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Somerset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A lead pilgrim's ampulla of late medieval date. The ampulla is flat and flask-shaped with a round lower section and slightly flaring upper section. It measures 50.59mm in length, 25.6mm in width, it is around 7.5mm thick and weighs 36.65g. One of the two side lugs survives. The ampulla is quite worn, but decoration in the form of a quatrefoil with a central pellet is visible on one side. The other side was obviously also decorated but the detail cannot be discerned. This ampulla probably dates from the later fourteenth to the early sixteenth century.
Created on: Friday 28th April 2006
Last updated: Thursday 24th February 2011
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Knowle St Giles area', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SOMDOR-7514C8
Object type: PILGRIM BADGE
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Dorset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A flat circular lead pilgrim badge of medieval or early post-medieval date. The badge, which depicts the Annunciation, has a maximum diameter of 22.98mm, it is 1.75mm thick and weighs 3.79g. On the back there is a vertical casting line and two protruding lumps which may be the remains of the fixture for the (missing) pin. The front depicts two standing figures in moulded relief, the Angel Gabriel to the left and the Virgin Mary to the right. They have long robes, their hair is covered and they are facing each other, each with outstretched hands holding an open book. Mary is traditiona…
Created on: Thursday 20th April 2006
Last updated: Thursday 24th February 2011
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Whitcombe', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SOMDOR-2B5DE6
Object type: STEELYARD WEIGHT
Broad period: ROMAN
County: Dorset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A cast lead steelyard weight of probable Roman date. The weight is biconical (diameter 23mm, height 20.5mm) with a central shaft which contains a thin length of copper alloy. This would have been bent to form a hook at the apex, although the hook survives only to a length of about 10mm and is now bent out of shape. Weight: 46.93g
Created on: Thursday 23rd March 2006
Last updated: Thursday 24th February 2011
Spatial data recorded.


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Record ID: SOMDOR-29F941
Object type: PILGRIM BADGE
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Dorset
Workflow stage: Published Find published
A cast lead pilgrim badge of medieval date. The badge measures 49.11mm in length, 25.15mm in width, its maximum thickness is 4.45mm and it weighs 6.12g. The front of the badge is moulded to represent the bust of St Thomas Becket, indicating that this was a product of his shrine at Canterbury, Kent. The archbishop wears a mitre which has a raised central vertical panel on which there is an off-centre line of raised dots. The rest of the mitre is filled with cross hatching. The top of the mitre has been bent backwards but it appears to have been topped with a cross. The face has w…
Created on: Thursday 23rd March 2006
Last updated: Thursday 24th February 2011
Spatial data recorded.


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Record ID: SOMDOR-EDA9E4
Object type: CLOTH SEAL
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Dorset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A two-part cast lead cloth seal of probable late sixteenth or early seventeenth century date. The seal measures 28.61mm by 20.45mm by 3.18mm and weighs 7.26g. The first disc is scratched with letters which appear to read P nig| (very uncertain). The second disc has a crude EB or ER privy mark. The scratches are likely to be the name of an artisan weaver (with the name Night or something similar), while the stamped mark would be the initials of a capital-owning clothier.
Created on: Wednesday 8th March 2006
Last updated: Thursday 24th February 2011
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Cerne Abbas', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SOMDOR-ED8D93
Object type: CLOTH SEAL
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Dorset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
An unused two-part cast lead cloth seal of probable late medieval or early post medieval date. The cloth seal has not been folded together and neither side has been stamped. This means that the rivet is still 12mm in length. The seal measures 41.23mm in length, around 1.8mm in thickness and weighs 9.14g. Disc 1 has a diameter of 20.35mm and disc 2 has a diameter of 16.97mm.
Created on: Wednesday 8th March 2006
Last updated: Thursday 24th February 2011
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Cerne Abbas', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SOMDOR-ED7A15
Object type: CLOTH SEAL
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Dorset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A two-part cast lead cloth seal of probable sixteenth century or later date. The cloth seal measures 29.35mm by 21.95mm by 4.01mm and weighs 8.16g. The exterior of the first disc is blank and on the exterior of the second disc there are two initials, either RB or BB. This is a clothier's or weaver's seal.
Created on: Wednesday 8th March 2006
Last updated: Thursday 24th February 2011
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Cerne Abbas', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SOMDOR-ED5A91
Object type: CLOTH SEAL
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Dorset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Disc 2 from a two-part cast lead cloth seal of probable late fifteenth or early sixteenth century date. The surviving fragment measures 27.71mm by 23.82mm by 3.17mm and weighs 3.23g. On the exterior of the disc there is an X on the connecting strip and part of at least one, perhaps two, superimposed main devices, possibly a large F and a linear motif. The letter F was used from 1474 to indicate a textile with minor faults that were significant enough to have the customer's attention drawn to them in this way (pers. comm. Geoff Egan). The letters [..]AG[..] are visible in the surroundin…
Created on: Wednesday 8th March 2006
Last updated: Thursday 24th February 2011
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Cerne Abbas', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SOMDOR-ED48F1
Object type: CLOTH SEAL
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Dorset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Disc 1 from a two-part cast lead cloth seal of probable late fifteenth or early sixteenth century date. The fragment measures 23.77mm by 20.18mm by 4.51mm and weighs 5.17g. The exterior of the disc has a crude crown over an ornate shield with the arms of England, and there is a possibly another device to the right. On the rivet there is possibly a large letter F. The letter F was used from 1474 to indicate a textile with minor faults that were significant enough to have the customer's attention drawn to them in this way (pers. comm. Geoff Egan).
Created on: Wednesday 8th March 2006
Last updated: Thursday 24th February 2011
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Cerne Abbas', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SOMDOR-ED3817
Object type: CLOTH SEAL
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Dorset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Disc 1 from a two-part cast lead cloth seal of probable late fifteenth or early sixteenth century date. The fragment measures 21.16mm by 20.28mm by 3.03mm and weighs 4.24g. The exterior of the disc has a crude crown over an ornate shield with the arms of England, and there is a possibly another device to the right. On the rivet there is a large letter F, possibly with a sun to the right. The letter F was used from 1474 to indicate a textile with minor faults that were significant enough to have the customer's attention drawn to them in this way (pers. comm. Geoff Egan).
Created on: Wednesday 8th March 2006
Last updated: Thursday 24th February 2011
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Cerne Abbas', grid reference and parish protected.


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