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    • Created after: Sunday 1st January 2012
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    • County: Cornwall
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Record ID: CORN-C3A944
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Cornwall
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Broken section of a narrow bladed cobble, probably metamorphosed slate, rectangular in plan and profile, and oblong in section. One face has been ground to a smooth flat surface, as a whetstone facet, and there are scratch marks along the edge of the stone. This is one of a group of cobbles found in the same area, made of various materials, that were used as domestic artefacts such as mullers, rubbers and whetstones. All of these would be at home on a Middle Bronze Age settlement. Unfortunately we know insufficient about the range of stone artefacts used in Neolithic Cornwall to make …
Created on: Wednesday 15th February 2012
Last updated: Wednesday 22nd February 2012
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Record ID: CORN-C424B2
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Cornwall
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Small bladed cobble, probably metamorphosed slate, oblong in plan and lozenge-shaped in profile, and plano-convex in section. One face has been ground to a flat surface, probably for rubbing or whetstone use, with some flakes having been removed along the edge of the stone. This is one of a group of cobbles found in the same area, made of various materials, that were used as domestic artefacts such as mullers, rubbers and whetstones. All of these would be at home on a Middle Bronze Age settlement. Unfortunately we know insufficient about the range of stone artefacts used in Neolithic …
Created on: Wednesday 15th February 2012
Last updated: Wednesday 15th February 2012
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Record ID: CORN-0EE8C3
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Cornwall
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Flat tabular block of fine quartzite, sub-rectangular in plan, profile and in section. Both surfaces are waterworn with patches of iron staining and some shallow concavities due to damage. There are also areas of grinding, particularly on the base and the sides, where there are shallow grinding grooves, which suggest that it was probably used as a whetstone. This is one of a group of cobbles found in the same area, made of various materials, that were used as domestic artefacts such as mullers, rubbers and whetstones. All of these would be at home on a Middle Bronze Age settlement. Un…
Created on: Sunday 19th February 2012
Last updated: Wednesday 22nd February 2012
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Record ID: CORN-6CCC57
Object type: WEIGHT
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Cornwall
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Cast lead fishing weight, lozenge-shaped in plan, plano-convex in profile and triangular in section, with tapering ends, which have been pinched and perforated with ovoid holes to suspend the sting at either end, around the protruding rectangular knops. This weight was most likely tied into fishing nets, due to its size and shape, and these are commonly found in Cornwall, but are difficult to date.
Created on: Thursday 23rd February 2012
Last updated: Sunday 26th February 2012
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Record ID: CORN-F0C156
Object type: VESSEL
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Cornwall
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Cast copper alloy rim fragment from a large bowl or cooking vessel with an internally bevelled rim that is semi-circular in section and flush with the upper edge of the vessel. The body of the vessel curves downwards slightly to suggest a reasonably deep straight-sided bowl or a deep straight-sided everted rim, as seen on cauldrons, and the curvature of the rim suggests a large diameter of about 320 mm. The bevelled rim itself is 4.7 mm thick which then tapers to the body which is 4 mm thick. Egan (2005) illustrates a similar example of a bowl fragment with a flared rim and straight…
Created on: Tuesday 1st May 2012
Last updated: Thursday 3rd May 2012
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Record ID: CORN-1FCB40
Object type: VESSEL
Broad period: NEOLITHIC
County: Cornwall
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Pottery body sherd of thin well-made clay with sparse inclusions of quartz. Any other inclusions are too fine to see with the naked eye, apart from tiny fragments of mica. The fabric is a mid-brown colour throughout the sherd. This type of fabric is seen in Early Neolithic vessels, dating from c.4500-2900 BC (Henrietta Quinnell, forthcoming).
Created on: Monday 2nd January 2012
Last updated: Monday 13th February 2017
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Record ID: PUBLIC-C80C26
Object type: VESSEL
Broad period: NEOLITHIC
County: Cornwall
Workflow stage: Published Find published
An upright, pointed rim sherd. The exterior has parallel horizontal incisions running between the breaks. The interior surface has a deeper incision apparently running circumferentialy in a spiral and terminating after one turn on this sherd, raising a cordon in the unhardened material. It was found in a group of Trevisker (Bronze Age) sherds eroding out of a 'hut platform' half way down a slope to a spring, overlooking St. Michael's Mount at Halwyn Farm. Nearby an Early Neolithic sherd (CORN-C79472) was found amongst late Iron Age pottery in ploughsoil. It may be that through traditi…
Created on: Sunday 22nd January 2012
Last updated: Monday 13th February 2017
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Record ID: PUBLIC-7D9AC1
Object type: TRANSVERSE ARROWHEAD
Broad period: NEOLITHIC
County: Cornwall
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Probably a transverse arrowhead, translucent brown in colour, bi-facially retouched and expediently made. The cutting edge exhibits discontinuous edge retouch of low angle. The medial ridge has been worked and thinned to give a more distinctive and functional projectile form. There is extensive spalling on the ventral face. Butler (2005) illustrates a similar piece on p161, fig 67, 13.
Created on: Tuesday 31st January 2012
Last updated: Monday 27th February 2012
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Record ID: CORN-BDB3C4
Object type: TOKEN
Broad period: MODERN
County: Cornwall
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Copper penny token issued by John Williams III (1753-1841) of Scorrier House, Redruth which was bought by him in 1778 when he was running Scorrier Mine. The obverse of the coin depicts a pumping engine house, with brickwork on the chimney, and a winding machine with the inscription PAYABLE AT SCORRIER HOUSE upon a ribbon above the scene, and below it in four lines in exergue ONE POUND FOR 240 TOKENS IN 1812. The reverse depicts the Prince of Wales plume of three feathers with the motto ICH / DIEN on scrolls on either side, surrounded by a garter with the inscription CORNISH PENNY.…
Created on: Thursday 10th May 2012
Last updated: Tuesday 15th May 2012
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Record ID: PUBLIC-C57923
Object type: THUMB NAIL SCRAPER
Broad period: NEOLITHIC
County: Cornwall
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A flake of fine translucent brown flint with grey inclusions. The distal end has been truncated straight. On the dorsal surface a scar runs from an opposite direction to the main removal. The divergent lateral margins have been completely retouched, even removing the striking platform. There is fine finish to make the edge unserrated. Butler(2005) illustrates a thumbnail scraper on page 166, fig 70, 1.
Created on: Sunday 22nd January 2012
Last updated: Sunday 29th January 2012
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Record ID: CORN-4C1432
Object type: THIMBLE
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Cornwall
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Cast copper alloy open-top thimble or sewing ring flattened on one side so that it is now D-shaped in plan and rectangular in profile. The external face of the hoop has four irregular horizontal and concentric lines of large sub-square, almost circular indentations which vary in definition due to the level of corrosion. The flattened side is more worn and the rounded side more corroded with patches of bronze disease. Read (1988) illustrates a similar example on page 76, No.436, which is dated from the 15th century.
Created on: Saturday 17th March 2012
Last updated: Thursday 22nd March 2012
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Record ID: CORN-A59A41
Object type: TALLY
Broad period: MODERN
County: Cornwall
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Copper alloy mining workers pay cheque token or tally with the words: PAY CHECK stamped in the legend around the number '7' on the obverse of the token. The reverse is blank and the token has been perforated for suspension. These tallies were used as part of a system for ensuring the correct pay by 'checking' in and out of the workplace prior to machines being produced for this specific purpose. 'Checks' were often 'holed' for hanging on boards. In mining, for example, a number on the check was personal to each miner and prior to going down the pit, the miner would give one of his tal…
Created on: Sunday 26th February 2012
Last updated: Sunday 26th February 2012
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Record ID: CORN-F13F72
Object type: SWORD
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Cornwall
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Fragment of a cast copper alloy sword blade, rectangular in plan and profile and lozenge-shaped in section. Both cutting edges are worn and incomplete and the perpendicular edges to these are broken so that the original length of the blade is unknown as well as the position of this fragment along it, though it is at the end that tapers towards the tip, as any raised area has flattened out in section. The smooth dark green patina survives better on one face of the blade than the other, which has an uneven surface of raised areas of corrosion product. The lozenge-shaped section of the…
Created on: Tuesday 1st May 2012
Last updated: Tuesday 1st May 2012
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Record ID: PUBLIC-DE6478
Object type: STRIKE A LIGHT
Broad period: NEOLITHIC
County: Cornwall
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
An abraded edged hard hammered fragment of nearly black nodular flint. It must have been used as a hammerstone or other heavy duty including grinding or a strike a light. Butler(2005) illustrates a modern flint knapper's kit including hammerstones on colour plate 6.
Created on: Wednesday 11th January 2012
Last updated: Wednesday 8th February 2012
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Record ID: CORN-0AF153
Object type: STRAP FITTING
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Cornwall
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Cast copper alloy strap distributor with opposing strap loops, triangular in plan, with external recessed strap bars. At the centre of the distributor is a zoomorphic head, which looks like a bull, with two worn knops for horns on one side, two knops on the top of the head for eyes, and a snout beyond these on the other side, which has a worn edge but perhaps two indents for flared nostrils. On either side of the head are two scrolls with rounded terminals with a central larger upright knop between them, which is probably more decorative rather than figurative, representing four limbs…
Created on: Monday 26th March 2012
Last updated: Thursday 9th April 2015
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Record ID: CORN-F3AE48
Object type: SPUR
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Cornwall
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Incomplete cast copper alloy spur with only one terminal remaining, the other side having been broken in antiquity. The sides of the spur have been bent outwards and the terminal has been bent back towards the side that it would have originally been in line with. The terminal is an enclosed sub-rectangle in profile and this type is often found paired with a circular terminal on the other side in Medieval examples, such as on iron prick spurs; but the style of the moulded neck and rowel box suggests that this spur dates from the Post-medieval period and so there would probably have bee…
Created on: Thursday 19th April 2012
Last updated: Thursday 19th April 2012
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Record ID: CORN-214B63
Object type: SOCKETED AXEHEAD
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Cornwall
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Cast copper alloy fragment of a collar from a socketed axe, semi-circular in plan, B-shaped in profile and in section. The collar is quite substantial at about 12 mm deep and 9 mm thick, and there is quite a deep indented area below it before the body of the axe begins with a raised ridge. Along this ridge at one side of the axe is the remains of the base of the side loop, which has worn into a point. The surface is pitted and some of the original patina remains on the collar but the projecting sections have become worn and corroded and there are patches of light green bronze disease.…
Created on: Monday 9th April 2012
Last updated: Friday 13th April 2012
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Record ID: CORN-438E35
Object type: SIEVE
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Cornwall
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Incomplete sheet copper alloy sieve or strainer, circular in plan with irregular circular punches or perforations roughly made from one face. The roundel has been irregularly cut out of sheet and its edge is uneven where sections have broken off or been torn away, leaving open perforations. The object has been hand-made and was perhaps used as part of a kitchen implement or as a drainage filter and looks to be Medieval in date. A similar example was found at Hellesvean, St Ives, excavated from houses dated from the 12th century (Preston-Jones & Rose, CAJ 25, 1986, 146). Egan (2005…
Created on: Thursday 29th March 2012
Last updated: Monday 2nd April 2012
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Record ID: PUBLIC-EEC584
Object type: SIDE SCRAPER
Broad period: NEOLITHIC
County: Cornwall
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A thick triangular section flake of mottled cream and light grey pebble flint with rusty surface spots. The left margin is backed by cortex with a slight abraded notch in the mesal part of the margin. Opposite this in the right margin is a semi-abruptly worked scraper with use gloss on the dorsal surface.Mercer(1981) illustrates an edged flake as a side scraper on page 131, fig 57, L112.
Created on: Thursday 12th January 2012
Last updated: Sunday 29th January 2012
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Record ID: PUBLIC-A01901
Object type: SIDE SCRAPER
Broad period: NEOLITHIC
County: Cornwall
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A thick, hard hammer struck flint flake fragment of cream centre surrounded by a brown ring with tan flint beneath the pebble cortex. On the oblique facet meeting the ventral surface a scraper has been shallowly flaked and from a notch in its edge a patch of gloss has developed from use. Butler(2005) illustrates a side scraper on page 128, fig 52, 4.
Created on: Saturday 21st January 2012
Last updated: Tuesday 31st January 2012
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