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Record ID: SOM-F69064
Object type: CASTING WASTE
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: Somerset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Small piece of casting waste from the join between two sides of a mould or a casting run off. Both sides are irregular and seem compaosed of runs of metal with a clear ridge down the centre form the mould joint. The piece is not distinctive and could be of any date from the Bronze Age onwards although it is evidence for specialist, high temperature, metal working. t may eb associated with other material found nearby, see SOM-79CE57.
Created on: Friday 5th January 2018
Last updated: Tuesday 9th January 2018
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Shepton Beauchamp', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SOM-A76CD9
Object type: WEIGHT
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: Somerset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A lead alloy weight of uncertain date. The weight is circular in plan and sub-rectangular in profile, with rounded edges. Both faces are generally flat although the top face is very slightly convex and there is a very slight linear depression across the diameter, in which is set the remains of an iron loop. The bottom face is flatter but there is a slightly raised ridge around the circumference. On one edge there are four linear parallel grooves. However, their position suggests that these are more likely to represent accidental damage rather than any deliberate markings. Similarly, t…
Created on: Wednesday 20th December 2017
Last updated: Thursday 4th January 2018
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Record ID: SOM-2D5C5A
Object type: BEAD
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: Devon
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Sub-spherical fired clay bead of uncertain date. The bead is circular in cross section and slightly flattened top and bottom with a circular hole 3.0mm in diameter running through it. It is fairly soft fired and bright orange in colour, there are possible traces of a dark surface, glazing or painting. It is 11.1mm in diameter and 8.4mm wide and weighs 1.07g. Due to the plainess of this item it is hard to suggest a date but such beads are known from the Roman period onwards.
Created on: Monday 20th November 2017
Last updated: Thursday 23rd November 2017
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Record ID: SOM-B8C317
Object type: STEELYARD WEIGHT
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: Somerset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Lead weight, probably from a steelyard as it has a loop at the top for suspension, possibly of Roman date. The weight has a flat base and top and is oval in plan with sloping sides so the top is smaller than the base. From the centre of the top projects a tab, rectangular in cross section and D-shaped in profile with a small circular hole through it at the top, now bent over slightly. The sides are decorated with raised lines: regularly saced lines run from the top to the base all the way aorund and then are crossed by several curved lines making a design almost like overlapping arches…
Created on: Wednesday 15th November 2017
Last updated: Wednesday 15th November 2017
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Trudoxhill CP', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SOM-B88586
Object type: WEIGHT
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: Somerset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Lead piriform (drop shaped) weight of uncertain, Roman- Post Medieval date. The weight is circular in cross section with a conical upper part and hemispherical base with a slightly flattened lower surface allowing it to sit upright. At the top point it extends up into a globular perminal which appears bent over to one side and possibly truncated at the top. The weight could be suspended from the groove between the main weight and this globular terminal . The upper, conical, part of the main weigt is decorated with eight incised grooves running around it, the upper four in a spiral the …
Created on: Wednesday 15th November 2017
Last updated: Wednesday 15th November 2017
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Trudoxhill CP', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SOM-B80FC6
Object type: HASP
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: Somerset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Fragment of a copper alloy object, possibly a hasp. The piece has a thin front plate which is now rectangular in plan with parallel sides and probably brocken edges top and bottom suggesting it was part of a longer strip originally. The front is plain and very smoothly finished. Projecting from the centre of the back is an integrally cast loop, U-shaped in profile and circular in cross section. The fragment is 22.1mm long, 13.8mm wide and 8.5mm thick, 0.9mm thick excluding the loop. It weighs 1.91g. While the general form is right for a hasp the small size of the loop and it circular …
Created on: Monday 9th October 2017
Last updated: Monday 9th October 2017
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Record ID: SOM-C4D42E
Object type: UNIDENTIFIED OBJECT
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: Somerset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Cast copper alloy fragment of an unidentified object, possibly Roman. The piece is one corner of a larger object with two straight sides meeting at a right angle. Both sides meet in an old break so the complete dimensions are unclear. The back is flat and the front slightly convex. There is a circular rivet hole though the corner where the sides meet. The longer side has a bevel along the straight edge starting just after the corner and interrupted by at least two regularly spaced triangles which are not bevelled and as thick as the rest of the piece. The edge opposite this bevelled si…
Created on: Friday 15th September 2017
Last updated: Saturday 16th September 2017
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Carhampton', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SOM-00C9C7
Object type: UNIDENTIFIED OBJECT
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: Somerset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
An unidentified lead object of probable Post-medieval date. The object is solid and sub-rectangular in plan with a broadly rectangular cross-section, and in profile tapers from the complete edge into a relatively unworn break at the other end. The object is divided in two by a large oval boss a the mid-point, this has a transverse band across its face, with a longitudinal band projecting from the top along the median line. The field above this has a large central pellet with the field then filled by three double-stranded expanding arms. Below the boss the object narrows, with a further…
Created on: Wednesday 6th September 2017
Last updated: Monday 11th September 2017
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'North Petherton CP', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SOM-D16F9B
Object type: WEIGHT
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: Devon
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Lead spindle whorl or weight. The object is plano-convex and sub-circular with a flat base, domed top and an irregular oval outline. There is a circular hole through the centre, top to botton 8.1mm in diameter. The entire piece is 25.2mm by 22.4mm and 10.9mm thick and weighs 20.64g. While lead spindle whorls are known from the late Early Medieval onwards, and the central hole is sufficiently large for this use, the irregular outline of this example, which would make the turn uneven, suggest it is more likely to be a weight. Lead weights were often homemade for weighing down a variety …
Created on: Monday 4th September 2017
Last updated: Monday 4th September 2017
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Record ID: SOM-ECE8F7
Object type: UNIDENTIFIED OBJECT
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: Somerset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
An unidentified copper alloy object. The object is sub-oval in plan, sub-trapezoidal in profile and keeled in cross-section. It's top is concave and has an irregular surface, with an abraded break running around the edge. Each lateral face bears a deeply incised arching line following the profile of the object, with both appearing to terminate prior to the break, above these are a further straight incised line, defining a very slightly stepped rim, or section. Dimensions: length 20.6mm; width 13.4mm; thickness 11.4mm; weight 7.22g. The fragmentary nature of the object makes idenitifi…
Created on: Thursday 24th August 2017
Last updated: Thursday 14th September 2017
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Record ID: SOM-DA2D9C
Object type: BEAD
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: Somerset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A copper alloy bead of unknown date. The bead is biconical in form, with a slight circumferencial rib or casting seam and a central circular aperture. The bead has a dark brown patina, with areas of bright green corrosion where the surface has been lost. Dimensions: diameter 12.3mm; thickness 5.8mm; weight 2.70g. A number of very similar beads are recorded on this database with a variety of date ranges suggested, cf. BH-495892, SF-C96EFB, IOW-04D9D1.The patina of this object might suggest a Bronze Age date, and other Bronze age material has been found in the area, however the vast m…
Created on: Wednesday 23rd August 2017
Last updated: Wednesday 23rd August 2017
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Martock CP', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SOM-F369C6
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: Somerset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A stone spindle whorl of unknown date. The spindle whorl is 32.1mm in diameter, circular in plan. In profile it is bi-conical with a flattened top and bottom and distinct ridge around the centre. 18.6mm high. Both faces of the spindle whorl are flat and undecorated. A straight sided, circular perforation 5.9mm in diameter runs through, slightly off centre, for attachment to a wooden spindle. It weighs 22.77 grams. The stone is dark grey in colour with a distinct laminar structure, the softer layers of which have preferrentialy weathered. It has been identified by Dennis Parsons as a S…
Created on: Monday 31st July 2017
Last updated: Friday 4th August 2017
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Record ID: SOM-784BF2
Object type: UNIDENTIFIED OBJECT
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: Somerset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Fragment of a cast copper alloy object of possible Roman date. The piece is about half of the border aorund a semi-circular opening, probably originally oval when complete. Conected to this is a a small part of the border around a second adjacent opening with a copper alloy rivet thorugh the item in the indent etween the two openings. The front is convex and the back concave with a wide thickened rim around the two openings, raised on the front and flat on the back. Around this rim on the front the border is decorated with concentric circles of decoration, three rows of closely spaced …
Created on: Thursday 13th July 2017
Last updated: Friday 15th September 2017
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Bishops Lydeard', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SOM-467871
Object type: UNIDENTIFIED OBJECT
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: Somerset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
An unidentified copper alloy object, possibly Roman or Medieval in date. The object is piriform in plan, with a rounded base and tapering to the pointed tip. It is flat and relatively thin, 29.2mm long, 18.2mm wide at the maximum and 2.0mm thick. A sub-rectangular shaft expands from the base 8.3mm long and at c. 30 degrees to the plane. This is 5.1mm wide and is of irregular cross section, becoming sub-circular, 3.3mm thick, as it terminates in a worn break. The object is undecorated and has a pale green patina with a chalky surface. Overall dimensions: length 37.3mm; width 18.1mm; th…
Created on: Thursday 11th May 2017
Last updated: Tuesday 16th May 2017
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Staplegrove CP', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SOM-39BB2E
Object type: OVEN
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: Somerset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
56 pieces of burnt clay of total weight 800 grams, possibly from an oven of uncertain date. The clay is amorphous with only a few voids from organic inclusions or imprints as one sees on daub. There is no evidence of layering as one might expect in a kiln, furnace or cob. Occasional small rounded iron stone inclusions and very small chalk or limestone inclusions almost certainly reflect natural inclusons in the clay rather than temper. The pieces are all amorphous and friable with angluar fractures on all faces. Only two have small areas of surface, smoothed but poorly finished with cr…
Created on: Tuesday 4th April 2017
Last updated: Tuesday 4th April 2017
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Record ID: SOM-394F11
Object type: DEBITAGE
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: Somerset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Two pieces of flint debitage, of uncertain Prehistoric date. Neither flake appears to have been retouched. The first piece of debitage is a secondary blade fragment, 24.0mm long by 9.8mm wide and with three parallel removal scars running down its dorsal face. Both these scars and the removal of this flake appear to have been struck from the same direction, and although the bulk of percussion has not survived. Made of a translucent red/brown flint. It is 3.1mm thick and weights 0.70g. The second piece is a primary flake fragment, 17.8mm long by 15.0mm wide and with no evidence for fur…
Created on: Tuesday 4th April 2017
Last updated: Tuesday 18th April 2017
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Record ID: SOM-23470E
Object type: UNIDENTIFIED OBJECT
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: Somerset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Fragment of a worked stone of uncertain date and function, possibly a whetstone as it appears too thin for a quern. The stone is a well cemented and sorted medium to fine grain sandstone. The fragment is roughly triangular with breaks on all sides and flat top and bottom faces. Across one face is a deep, straight, semi-circular sectioned groove running from one side to the other. On the other face is a shallow, curved, similarly sectioned groove which deepens from one edge to the other and may indicate the piece was used with a rotation action. The fragment is 78.7mm long, and a ma…
Created on: Monday 3rd April 2017
Last updated: Monday 10th April 2017
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Near Wincanton', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SOM-2316B4
Object type: QUERN
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: Somerset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Fragment of a rotary quern of uncertain date. Made of well cemented and sorted medium to fine grain sandstone. The fragment is part of one side of the quern and does not extend to the middle hole so the dimensions of the entire stone are unclear. The quern stone is flat with a convex rounded edge and one face wider than the other. The wider face meets the side at a sharp angle and is pecked and roughened and presumably the grinding surface. The other face is smooth like the rounded edge. It is 75.6mm long, and a maximum of 67.8mm wide and 36.5mm thick; it weighs 317 grams. The orig…
Created on: Monday 3rd April 2017
Last updated: Monday 10th April 2017
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Near Wincanton', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SOM-22CE2A
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: Somerset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
One end of a whetstone made of well cemented and sorted medium grain sandstone. The whetstone is sub-square to D-shaped in section with rounded corners, particularly two adjacent corners, and a bar shape with irregular broken ends. The more rounded corners are probably from use. It is 38.7mm long, and a maximum of 26.7mm by 24.1mm; it weighs 37.0 grams. It is not a local rock but maybe Devonian (D. Parsons pers comm) and traded fairly locally. Whetstones are known to have been used from the Bronze Age onwards and continued to be used for scythes and other tools into the 20th centu…
Created on: Monday 3rd April 2017
Last updated: Monday 10th April 2017
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Near Wincanton', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SOM-22AB88
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: Somerset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
One end of a whetstone made of well cemented and sorted fine grain sandstone. The whetstone is sub-square in section with rounded corners and an bar shape with one angled end and irregular broken end. Three sides seem smoother from use. It is 88.4mm long, and a maximum of 30.2mm by 25.5mm; it weighs 121 grams. It is not a local rock but maybe Devonian (D. Parsons pers comm) and traded fairly locally. Whetstones are known to have been used from the Bronze Age onwards and continued to be used for scythes and other tools into the 20th century. A Roman, Medieval or Post Medieval date …
Created on: Monday 3rd April 2017
Last updated: Monday 10th April 2017
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Near Wincanton', grid reference and parish protected.


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