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    • Institution: SOM
    • Primary material: Lead Alloy

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Record ID: SOM-A27E81
Object type: BUTTON
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Somerset
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A Post Medieval lead alloy button dating to the period c.AD 1600-1700. The button is discoidal or slightly hexagonal, with an integrally cast shank projecting from the reverse but now broken c2mm from its base. The front is slightly convex and the back probably originally flat, though the button has been bent at some point such that the back is partially slightly concave. The front of the button has a raised border c1mm in width created by an incised line running around the circumference of the button. This incision displays brown corrosion products rather than the mid-grey of most of…
Created on: Thursday 13th September 2018
Last updated: Saturday 15th September 2018
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Record ID: SOM-68F1A6
Object type: GRENADE
Broad period: MODERN
County: Somerset
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40 Lead alloy (or highly leaded copper alloy) fragments of at least 5 no. 36 style Mills Grenades three at least of which date to 1940 and are probably related to WWII activity although a later use cannot be ruled out. The collection is made up of 5 filler caps which are circular in shape with the outer edge having the screw thread and one side having a type of metal disk with a screw-threaded hole in the middle to attach it to a rifle. They also have writing referring to the type of grenade it is, although all the pieces are different in this regard, it was not uncommon for mills gren…
Created on: Monday 10th September 2018
Last updated: Saturday 15th September 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-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-4CB80C
Object type: BUTTON
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Somerset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A Post-Medieval lead alloy button, probably dating to c. AD 1600-1800. The button is discoidal, and plano-convex in cross section. An integral, undrilled shank projecting from the reverse, now flattened against the reverse of the button. The face of the button is decorated in low relief with an unclear cruciform or foliate motif. Dimensions: diameter 17.2mm; thickness 6.1mm; weight 4.21g. cf. similar buttons published by Read (2005: 56-60, nos. 207-231).
Created on: Tuesday 10th July 2018
Last updated: Tuesday 10th July 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-18AFAD
Object type: WEIGHT
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Somerset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Cast lead alloy weight, probably of Medieval to Post-Medieval date. The weight is in the shape of a truncated cone with a sub-circular flat base from which the sides taper inwards to the flattened round topped apex. The weight has been perforated, with an irregularly shaped hole running from the apex to the base. The weight measures 20.64mm in height, 32.80mm in diameter at the base and weighs 106.08 g. 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.
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-F76820
Object type: VESSEL
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: Somerset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
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-F76167
Object type: VESSEL
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Somerset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Cast lead vessel repair (pot mend). It is roughly oval in plan and bullet-shaped with two irregularly shaped outer pieces of oxidised, white-patinated lead, one larger than the other, sandwiching a fragment of the original ceramic pot. The larger lead piece is slightly concave while the smaller piece is domed. The pottery has a bright orange fabric, possibly due to reheating with the mend with abundent coarse sand temper, patinated chert inclusions up to 1mm and occasional rounded ironstone suggesting a greensand derived fabric of local type . The pot mend is 19.6mm long by 18.5mm wide…
Created on: Thursday 12th April 2018
Last updated: Tuesday 8th May 2018
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Kingsburi Episcopi CP', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SOM-2B5BD6
Object type: SEAL
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Somerset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A Post-medieval lead seal, probably a bag seal or bale seal, probably dating to c. AD 1600-1800. Comprising of a sub-rectangular strip of lead, folded over itself and then pressed together, one side stamped with a fleur-de-lis in a beaded circle, the other with a cross, also in a beaded circle. Dimensions: length 14.3mm; width 13.7mm; thickness 3.5mm; weight 4.15g.
Created on: Friday 9th March 2018
Last updated: Tuesday 8th May 2018
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Kingsburi Episcopi CP', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SOM-E13ADB
Object type: CASTING WASTE
Broad period: ROMAN
County: North Somerset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
40 pieces of lead of various forms. Given the context they came from they are certainly Roman. They appear a mix with some which may allude to casting. Others appear to be for vessel repair and it is possible all the pieces were used or gathered for this purpose. 5 are off-cuts of sheet lead, all show evidence of neat straight cuts on at least one edge and are 1-1.5mm thick. 1 has the distinct cross section of a vessel repair with expanded faces sandwiching a thinner joining section The larger pot mend is 57.3 by 35.1 by a maximum of 12.9mm thick and has repaired a vessel about …
Created on: Thursday 22nd February 2018
Last updated: Thursday 22nd February 2018
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Kingston Seymour CP', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SOM-C564B7
Object type: CLOTH SEAL
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Somerset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Post Medieval lead-alloy cloth seal for cloth, probably a type of serge, probably made in Wellington, Somerset. The seal appears to be of the two-disc type and both discs and the connecting rivet survive, although the tab that previously linked the discs is missing. The seal is 26.1mm in diameter, 2.8mm thick and weighs 9.76 grams. The ring disc and rivet are stamped with a central design of a merchants mark in the form of a human foot over a elongated 4 with an S under the heel and an F under the toes. The vertical elongation of the 4 that extends beyond the foot, between the S and …
Created on: Thursday 8th February 2018
Last updated: Tuesday 17th April 2018
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Wellington Tone Dale', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SOM-73D62B
Object type: TOKEN
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Somerset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Medieval to Post Medieval cast lead-alloy circular unifaced token of Powell type 1 (c. AD 1250-1800). The token has a raised design of a flower made of five pointed oval petals radiating out from the centre. It measures 15.4 mm in diameter, 3.0mm thick and weighs 4.61 grams. Lead tokens had a wide variety of uses and were made locally; they are therefore hard to date precisely and could be Medieval or Post Medieval in date.
Created on: Monday 30th October 2017
Last updated: Wednesday 1st November 2017
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Record ID: SOM-1F52D4
Object type: TOKEN
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Somerset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A medieval to post-medieval cast lead-alloy sub-circular unifaced token of Powell type 3 (c. AD 1250-1800), depicting a cartwheel design on one face and plain on the other. It measures c.15.9mm in diameter and weighs 4.06g. Lead tokens had a wide variety of uses and were made locally; they are therefore hard to date precisely and could be Medieval or Post Medieval in date.
Created on: Thursday 26th October 2017
Last updated: Thursday 3rd May 2018
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Record ID: SOM-1E9ABC
Object type: POWDER FLASK
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Somerset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A Post-Medieval lead alloy spout or nozzle from a powder flask, probably dating to c. AD 1600-1700. The upper section of the nozzle was originally sub-circular in plan with a open mouth, although now crushed, and the vestigial remains of two attachement loops project from the lateral sides of the base. A slightly tapering spout projects from the centre of the base. Dimensions: length 34.1mm; width 29.3mm; thickness 14.6mm; weight 24.93g. Such powder flasks are amongst the most common finds on civil war sites and would have been attached to a bandolier, a 17th century date is theref…
Created on: Thursday 26th October 2017
Last updated: Thursday 3rd May 2018
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Record ID: SOM-1E4469
Object type: POWDER MEASURE
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Somerset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A Post-Medieval lead powder measure cap, probably dating to the 17th century. The cap has slightly flaring sides, with a flat, oval top. The cap has been crushed, with the sides squashed closely together. The two attachment loops at the top of the cap, one on either side, are missing. A faint vertical casting seam is visible on one side of the cap, on a line perpendicular to where the attachment loop would have been. The measure cap is 19.9mm long, 17.4mm wide and 21.0mm thick; it weighs 15.69g. Such caps would have been attached to bandoliers and are common finds on most Civil W…
Created on: Thursday 26th October 2017
Last updated: Thursday 3rd May 2018
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Ilminster', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SOM-1C08C5
Object type: CLOTH SEAL
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Somerset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Post-medieval lead-alloy two-disc type alnage cloth seal from London. Only about a third of one disc remains, the connecting strip and rivet are lost. The front has the raised stamped design of an angel standing facing with outstretched wings holding a palm in one hand. arounf the central design iks a inner circle then the legend GLOR[IA IN EXCLSIS] the an outer border. The fragment measures 22.59mm in length, 17.84mm in width and weighs 4.51g. Such seals were used to show the piece had paid the appropriate taxes (alnage). Cloth seals bearing a facing angel are issued from London fro…
Created on: Thursday 26th October 2017
Last updated: Wednesday 18th July 2018
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Shepton Beauchamp', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SOM-1BA4DA
Object type: TOKEN
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Somerset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A medieval to post-medieval cast lead-alloy circular unifaced token of Powell type 1 (c. AD 1250-1800). The token has a raised design of a petalled flower with the 8 petals reaching the rim. Lead tokens had a wide variety of uses and were made locally; they are therefore hard to date precisely and could be Medieval or Post Medieval in date. Class: Powell Class 1
Created on: Thursday 26th October 2017
Last updated: Monday 8th January 2018
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Shepton Beauchamp', grid reference and parish protected.


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