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Record ID: SOM-CFBD69
Object type: UNIDENTIFIED OBJECT
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: Somerset
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An incomplete high zinc or tin copper alloy object of unknown date. The object consists of a circular loop with an attachment end. On the top of the loop is a protusion circular in plan and sub-rectangular in cross section. An irregular and chipped ridge runs from the circular protusion on top along the sides of loop and it is more evident on one side. The loop measures 22.4 mm in diameter and 8.7 mm in thickness. The loop rests on a base with an attachment end. The base is sub-rectangular in plan and oval in cross section and measures 12.8 mm in length and 16.4 mm in width. The attach…
Created on: Monday 3rd September 2018
Last updated: Saturday 15th September 2018
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Record ID: SOM-7FE35B
Object type: VESSEL
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: Dorset
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A fragment of clear, uncoloured glass dating from either the Roman period or Post-medieval. The fragment is very roughly triangular in shape measuring 41.5mm by 39.4mm by 29.7mm. It is of uneven thickness to a maximum of 2.3mm. The piece is curved, the degree of curvature (i.e. distance from the central part of the convex area to a line joining the furthest extremities) being c7mm. Very small air bubbles can be seen within the glass as well as specks of other material that are mostly very small though one irregular piece measures c6 x 3mm. There are faint striations created during its …
Created on: Thursday 30th August 2018
Last updated: Sunday 2nd September 2018
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'West Stour CP', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SOM-2F3754
Object type: UNIDENTIFIED OBJECT
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: Somerset
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A cast copper alloy unidentified object, possibly a casting waste. The object consists of a central circular body and two lateral bar. It has a convex front and a flat back. The central body has a high dome with a flat tip. It measures 13.3 mm in diameter. Two bar project out from the base of the dome on opposite sides. Both bar measure 5.4 mm in length and 3.9 mm in width. At the outer end of each bar is a circular domed knop that measures 4.9 mm in thickness. The object has a dark grey patina. It measures 32.7 mm in length, 13.4 mm in width, 8.9 in thickness and weighs 6.11 g. The …
Created on: Tuesday 14th August 2018
Last updated: Friday 12th October 2018
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Record ID: SOM-0818DD
Object type: UNIDENTIFIED OBJECT
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: Somerset
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Piece of lead alloy of unknown date. The piece is sub rectangular in shape with irregular surfaces and has a grey-brown patina all over. It measures 84.9 mm in length, 69.1 mm in width, 38.2 mm in thickness and weighs 1208 g. The object is probably a piece ready for processing and may suggest lead processing activity of unknown date on the site of the discovery. It was found in association with a large group of lead and copper alloy material of different ages, from the Roman up to Modern Age.
Created on: Tuesday 31st July 2018
Last updated: Friday 3rd August 2018
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Record ID: SOM-048FFE
Object type: VESSEL
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: Somerset
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Part of a lead alloy object, possibly the base and attachment for a handle on a large lead-tin (pewter) jug, possibly of Roman date. The piece has a sub-rectangular shape for 65 mm in length and gradually widen from 13.5 mm on the base to 20.5 mm near the top. From this point of maximum width it tapers again for 21 mm in length to a rounded, broken and worn, tip. The base is thinner and turned out at 20 degrees angle, moulded with a raised edge. The lower part of the piece is convex on the front and reaches the maximum thickness of 10.6 mm at the point of maximum width. It is slightly…
Created on: Tuesday 31st July 2018
Last updated: Friday 3rd August 2018
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Record ID: SOM-027FA7
Object type: CASTING WASTE
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: Somerset
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Piece of lead and copper alloy, probably casting waste. The piece is trapezoidal in shape with irregular surfaces. It is mainly composed of lead with a high percentage of copper alloy. it has a grey-brown patina with traces of dark grey lumps mostly on one side of the piece. It measures 63.4 mm in length, 62.0 mm in width, 19.5 mm in thickness and weighs 321 g. The piece may suggest an activity of re-use of materials on the site of the discovery. It was found in association with a large group of lead and copper alloy material of different ages, from the Roman up to Modern Age, theref…
Created on: Tuesday 31st July 2018
Last updated: Thursday 2nd August 2018
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Record ID: SOM-ED5524
Object type: UNIDENTIFIED OBJECT
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: Somerset
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Fragment of a copper alloy object of possible Roman date. The object consists of a pointed drop-shaped element with a tip turned out at 30 degrees angle. The tip and the opposite side are now missing due to old breaks. Both the front and the reverse side are decorated: half of the face has three longitudinal grooves which leave three thin raised lines; the other half is concave on both sides. The object has a brown-green patina with traces of corrosion. It measures 25.8 mm in length, 15.4 mm in width, 4.8 mm in thickness and weighs 4.68 g. Without knowing what the object is, it is di…
Created on: Monday 30th July 2018
Last updated: Thursday 2nd August 2018
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Record ID: SOM-9D6952
Object type: VESSEL
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: Somerset
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Fifteen cast lead vessel repairs (pot mends). Twelve of them have the characteristic H-shaped section with two irregularly shaped outer sides, one larger than other, joined by a smaller central section. Three of them consists of only one side with a central plug projecting from the rear. Only one of them contains surviving ceramic material in the groove created between the outer sides, but it is too small to date. The lead vessel repairs weigh in total 226.86 g. Pot mends of this form are found in both Roman and Medieval periods, as a common way to repair broken pottery vessels. The l…
Created on: Thursday 26th July 2018
Last updated: Monday 6th August 2018
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Record ID: SOM-9B17F1
Object type: RIVET
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: Somerset
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An unknown cast lead object, possibly a hook, peg or rivet; alternatively it could have been used to mend a vessel or change its use. It comprises a sub-circular, slightly convex disc (but not uniformly so), and a shaft extending from the centre of the concave side of the disc. There is a small hole c 2mm in diameter, half way between the base of the shaft and the edge of the disc, and there are traces of another similar hole c 16mm away. The shaft is angled upwards from a line joining the two holes such that it make an internal angle of c 20 degrees with the upper side of the disc. Th…
Created on: Thursday 26th July 2018
Last updated: Thursday 2nd August 2018
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Record ID: SOM-874C14
Object type: BEAD
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: Somerset
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A copper alloy bead of unknown date, possibily Roman. The bead is circular in plan with convex outer side and flatter inner face. It has a dark green patina with areas of bright green corrosion. The bead measure 14.8 mm in diameter, 4.9 mm in thickness and weighs 3.56 g. Copper alloy beads without context are difficult to date. However, this bead was found near mostly Roman artefacts, therefore a Roman dating is possibly.
Created on: Wednesday 25th July 2018
Last updated: Thursday 26th July 2018
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Trudoxhill', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SOM-7768EB
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: Somerset
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A cast lead spindle whorl of an unknown date. The whorl is circular in shape and the top and bottom surfaces are flattened. Through the centre is a circle hole measuring 8.7mm in diameter. There is no visible decoration on the surface. The whorl has several breakages on one side. The way in which the breaks have occurred suggests that there would have been a high content of tin mixed into the lead before the whorl was cast. The whorl was found on a site that has produced Roman and post-medieval finds. There is a possibility of it being dated as Roman, however, more modern finds have b…
Created on: Thursday 12th July 2018
Last updated: Friday 3rd August 2018
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Record ID: SOM-1A30A0
Object type: TOKEN
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: Somerset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A lead alloy token of uncertain date. The token is uniface and sub-rectangular, with a saltire or 'X' incised into the centre of one face. The reverse is plain. The object measures 25.98mm in length, 19.94mm in width, 3.71mm in thickness and weighs 13.55g. Although difficult to date outside of a secure archaeological context, the token was found in an area with a large number of Roman period finds.
Created on: Tuesday 8th May 2018
Last updated: Thursday 10th May 2018
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Carhampton', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SOM-DD4BFB
Object type: UNIDENTIFIED OBJECT
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: Somerset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A collection of lead pieces from different ages, a sample of a larger group, estimated by the finder to be perhaps three times as large in total. There are about 157 lead pieces and many of these are amorphous. There are sets within this collection that have distinguishing features that group them together. - There are two pieces of lead that have had holes punched through, and thought that these could possibly be weights, although their irregular outlines and damage make this uncertain or possibly they were mis-cast. - There are two pieces that are triangular, one is very flat and…
Created on: Monday 23rd April 2018
Last updated: Thursday 2nd August 2018
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Record ID: SOM-5C6D9C
Object type: UNIDENTIFIED OBJECT
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: Somerset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Part of the mouth of a socket from an unidentified object, possibly a Bronze Age axe or hammer, possibly a Medieval staff or similar. Only part of two sides remain and the corner between them so the full dimensions of the socket are unclear. All the breaks are old and patinated. The socket appears to have been square in section with slightly convex sides. The inside is smooth with a slightly white metakl sheen, probably from tin. The outerside is more corroded with a pitted green surface. At the mouth is a slight lip which projects more in places and maybe a cleaned casting flash. bey…
Created on: Tuesday 17th April 2018
Last updated: Thursday 14th June 2018
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Record ID: SOM-F76820
Object type: VESSEL
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: Somerset
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Cast lead vessel repair (pot mend). It is roughly oval in plan and is comprised of a layer of lead covered by a fragment of glass, which in turn is covered by another layer of lead that is uneven and exposing the glass in places. The layers are slightly offset into a little squashed sandwich. The lead sections are oxidised giving a white patina, while the glass of the original vessel is a light grey-green colour. The pot mend is 5.6mm high by 16.2mm wide, and weighs 3.43 g. Pot mends of this form are found in both Roman and Medieval periods, as a common way to repair broken pottery an…
Created on: Thursday 12th April 2018
Last updated: Tuesday 8th May 2018
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Shepton Beauchamp CP', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SOM-A27C33
Object type: WEIGHT
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: Somerset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A lead suspension weight probably dating to the Medieval to Post Medieval period. The weight is sub-rectangular in shape. The top narrows to an integral suspension loop and the base is flat and protrudes slightly from the sides all around. The object is quite crude and all surfaces are pitted. The weight measures 47.89mm in length, 14.52mm in width and weighs 69.21g. Lead weights were used for a long period and lack many diagnostic features, so are difficult to date precisely although most are Medieval or Post medieval in date. A similar example can be found at SOM-BC7E70.
Created on: Tuesday 27th March 2018
Last updated: Monday 9th April 2018
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Limington', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SOM-106642
Object type: DIE
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: Dorset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
An irregular cast lead die of uncertain, Roman to Post Medieval, date. The die is roughly a cube with incuse dots indicating the values of each side. The die is It is 13.2mm by 13mm by 11.7mm and weighs 18.02. The sides are arranged 1 5-6-4 2 3 This means the opposing side do not add up to 7 (ie 1 is opposite 2, 5 and 4 and 6 and 3) so it does not conform to a 'regular' known pattern. Opposing faces adding to seven becomes common during the Medieval and especially Post-Medieval period with a gradual increase in standardistion, particular from the 16th century when this becomes an…
Created on: Tuesday 20th March 2018
Last updated: Thursday 5th April 2018
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Whitchurch Canonicorum CP', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SOM-F69064
Object type: CASTING WASTE
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: Somerset
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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…
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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