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    • Institution: SOM
    • Primary material: Lead Alloy

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Record ID: SOM-15FBBC
Object type: TOY
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Somerset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Unclear lead alloy folding implement or possibly a toy. The piece has an outer case or sheath formed of a strip of lead sheet bent in half to create a long U-shaped piece, one long edge pushed closed and the other left open and with a cicular lead alloy rivet through 'open' short end. The folded end is square while the other 'open' end is rounded. The rivet linking the 'open' ends creates a hinge on which a second lead alloy element clearly hinged, coming out of the open side. The second element is broken with a damaged top edge but appears to also be formed of lead sheet and have had …
Created on: Friday 30th November 2018
Last updated: Saturday 1st December 2018
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Enmore CP', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SOM-2CF0B5
Object type: SEAL MATRIX
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Somerset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
An abraded Medieval lead seal matrix dating to CE 1200-1350. The seal matrix is pointed oval (vesica shaped) in shape. The front of the matrix is engraved with an eight point star or flower within an inner border which follows th shape of the seal. Between the inner and outer line borders is an inscription starting with a plain cross and reading S'RIC(hL') DI BUL(E...), seal of Richard of Bul... The reverse has a raised rib running down the centre with a squashed loop at the upper end (opposite the cross at the start of th inscription). The seal is 30.2mm by 17.8 by 4.8mm thick and w…
Created on: Monday 19th November 2018
Last updated: Monday 19th November 2018
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Record ID: SOM-9C7FB0
Object type: CLOTH SEAL
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Somerset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
An incomplete post-medieval lead two disc cloth seal, from the Norwich Weavers' Company, dating to the second half of the seventeenth century. The seal consists of two discs a front one that is inscribed and a rear one that is plain. These would have been linked by a tab but which has been broken and is now folded down onto the rear disc. A projection on the back of front disc would have been pushed through the other and bent flat, holding them together but this structure has come apart leaving the flattened projection on the back of the front disc. The rear disc has a central hole for…
Created on: Friday 19th October 2018
Last updated: Friday 9th November 2018
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Stoke sub Hamdon CP', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SOM-638C3A
Object type: SPOON
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Somerset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
The end of the handle and about half the length of a slip topped lead-tin (pewter) spoon of xx date. The handle is is hexagonal in section with a slightly narrower back than front and ends in a corroded break towards the centre of the handle. The handle widens and thickens gradually towards the terminal. The slip top end is slightly expanded and broken around the lower edge with corroded breaks. The piece is 64.0mm long, 9.5mm wide by 8.0mm thick and weighs 15.02g. It is 6.5mm by 5.8mm at the narrowest point. Found in the same field as SOM-1E6780 but unlikely to be fromt he same spoo…
Created on: Thursday 4th October 2018
Last updated: Thursday 4th October 2018
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Middlezoy CP', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SOM-37B35E
Object type: TOY
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Somerset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A Post Medieval lead alloy toy plate dating to the 18th century. The plate has a narrow flange, extremely shallow straight tapering wall and flat base. Nearly half of the plate is missing and the remaining section is very worn. There is trace of a pattern on the rim, probably of pellets flanking figures of eight and possibly with other pellet designs. The central circle also has a design of pellets, possibly depicting a stylised plant and berries or rows of pellets. It measures 47.73mm in diameter, 46.40mm in length, 31.49mm in width and weighs 7.81g. A similar example in terms of des…
Created on: Tuesday 2nd October 2018
Last updated: Thursday 4th October 2018
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Middlezoy', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SOM-1130D0
Object type: AMPULLA
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Devon
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Medieval lead-alloy pilgrim's ampulla dating to c. AD 1350 to 1530. It is flask-shaped in plan with thinned elongated neck that expand slightly toward the mouth and a rounded lower body. The mouth measures 22.8 mm in width and is now squashed. The neck measures 16.4 mm in length. It is covered by multiple horizontal raised lines running across both sides, but more evidently on the front. A sub-triangular suspension loop projects from either side at the juncture of the body and the neck. On one side the loop is squashed backwards. The lower body is decorated on both sides. On the front…
Created on: Tuesday 18th September 2018
Last updated: Tuesday 13th November 2018
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Record ID: SOM-A27E81
Object type: BUTTON
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Somerset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
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
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
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-2F3754
Object type: UNIDENTIFIED OBJECT
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: Somerset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
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
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
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
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
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
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
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
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
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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