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Record ID: SOM-1B5A88
Object type: KILN FURNITURE
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: Somerset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A possible piece of ceramic kiln furniture of unknown date. The fabric is an oxidised mid-orange with a slightly less oxidised buff-coloured core and patchily reduced mid-grey surfaces. The fabric is fairly fine with moderate fine sand and sparse iron oxide. Dimensions: 59.9mm by 39.7mm by 19.1mm Weight: 67g
Created on: Monday 21st May 2007
Last updated: Thursday 24th February 2011
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Mells', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SOM-9B8C85
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: Somerset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
An incomplete whetstone which is likely to be of Roman to post-medieval date. The surviving section of the whetstone is broadly cuboid-shaped. The stone is a micaceous fine-grained sandstone (Dennis Parsons, pers. comm.). Dimensions: 78mm by 51mm by 42mm Weight: 295g
Created on: Saturday 1st March 2008
Last updated: Monday 3rd April 2017
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Mells', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SOM-9BA9F5
Object type: SLAG
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: Somerset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A piece of slag. Dimensions: 60mm by 52mm by 46mm Weight: 291g
Created on: Saturday 1st March 2008
Last updated: Thursday 24th February 2011
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Mells', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SOM-0FCD23
Object type: QUERN
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: Somerset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A possible quern fragment of unknown date. The fragment measures 74mm by 54mm by 48mm and weighs 192g. The stone is a gritty quartz and feldspar rich sandstone (pers. comm. Dennis Parsons, Curator of Natural History, Somerset County Museum).
Created on: Monday 31st March 2008
Last updated: Thursday 24th February 2011
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Buckland Dinham', 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 20t…
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-EF9711
Object type: WEIGHT
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: Dorset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A lead weight (probably). A rectangular bar of lead, which may have been used as a weight. The sides taper in a little from the base to the top. There are numerious scratches and dents but no sign of a purposeful marking. Date unknown.
Created on: Monday 5th November 2007
Last updated: Thursday 24th February 2011
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Corfe Castle', 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 Medieva…
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-C54395
Object type: UNIDENTIFIED OBJECT
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: Somerset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Part of an unidentified iron (coated with copper alloy) object. It consists of a long bar, circular in profile, which goes upwards slightly at the very tip before culminating in a teardrop section, which extends downwards at a slight angle. Through this section is a very regular circular hole. The upper half of the other end appears to have attached to something else. Close to this break an integral, roughly semi-circular, loop extends downwards. The metal is brownish-red in colour with a few small patches of greenish copper alloy in places on the surface. A similar object can also …
Created on: Wednesday 18th February 2009
Last updated: Thursday 24th February 2011
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Near East Lydeard', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SOM-EDF2F4
Object type: METAL WORKING DEBRIS
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: Somerset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A large lump of copper alloy metal working debris. Lumps such as this are not easily dateable as they are the result of metal working from the Bronze Age to the present day. Length: 39.72mm, Width: 32.06mm, Thickness: 26.52mm Weight: 72.16g
Created on: Friday 20th February 2009
Last updated: Thursday 24th February 2011
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Near Carhampton', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SOM-EE10F3
Object type: METAL WORKING DEBRIS
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: Somerset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A small lump of copper alloy metal working debris. Lumps such as this are not easily dateable as they are the result of metal working from the Bronze Age to the present day. Length: 20.31mm, Width: 15.14mm, Thickness: 6.20mm Weigth: 8.61g
Created on: Friday 20th February 2009
Last updated: Thursday 24th February 2011
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Near Carhampton', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SOM-589D34
Object type: RING
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: Hampshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Cast copper-alloy ring with a hexagonal section. It has flat sides and points at the centre of the inner and outer edges. The points are worn in places and rounded and in others are more pronounced, possibly form mis-alignment of the mould in casting. It is 27.4mm in external diameter, 3.8mm wide by 3.1mm thick and weighs 4.80 grams. Such rings are very hard to date and had a variety of uses, most are suspension rings of some form from straps and harnesses. Geake (2001, 74) suggested rings of this type are medieval or post-medieval harness ring.
Created on: Monday 25th April 2011
Last updated: Monday 2nd May 2011
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Micheldever', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SOM-35B890
Object type: WEIGHT
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: Somerset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A conical cast lead alloy weight of uncertain date with flat base and rounded point. In indent near the point does not appear to develop into a hole. It is 19.6mm by 16.3mm at the base and 33.5mm tall; it weighs 45.38 grams. Plain weights were cast locally in lead from the Roman period onwards for a wide variety of uses and are hard to date precisely although most are late Medieval - Post Medieval
Created on: Friday 18th March 2011
Last updated: Friday 18th March 2011
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Cossington', 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 c…
Created on: Tuesday 4th April 2017
Last updated: Tuesday 4th April 2017
Spatial data recorded.


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Record ID: SOM-1CE463
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: Devon
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A cast lead spindle whorl or possibly weight. It has a slightly domed top and flat base with a tapering circular hole running through it, slightly off centre. It is 29.8mm in diameter, 8.2mm thick and weights 35.57g, the hole is 7.6mm in diameter at the base, 6.8mm at the top. Plain spindle whorls and weights were cast locally in lead from the Roman period onwards and are hard to date precisely although most are late Medieval - Post Medieval.
Created on: Friday 8th June 2012
Last updated: Sunday 10th June 2012
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Membury', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SOM-C2AD51
Object type: WEIGHT
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: Somerset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Cast lead alloy item, possibly a weight. It is shaped like two cones joined point to point with wide oval ends constricting to a narrow central waist. At the waist is a raised collar running around it with a patinated but unworn break to one side, possibly from a broken suspension or attachment loop. A casting line form a two part mould runs across both ends and down the sides. It is 30.7mm long, 15.5mm by 13.3mm at one end, 12.8mm by 14.6mm at the other and 11.4mm by 9.8mm in the centre. It weighs 21.86 grams.
Created on: Monday 16th April 2012
Last updated: Monday 16th April 2012
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Wembdon', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SOM-C26524
Object type: WEIGHT
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: Somerset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Conical cast lead alloy weight of uncertain date. It has a flat base, tapering, slightly faceted, sides a broken top point and a circular hole through the centre from top to base. The central perforation measures 2.6mm in diameter at the top and bottom and narrows in the centre. The height is 22.1mm, diameter 19.4mm at the bottom. It weighs 28.69 grams. Plain weights were cast locally in lead from the Roman period onwards for a wide variety of uses and are hard to date precisely although most are late Medieval - Post Medieval
Created on: Monday 16th April 2012
Last updated: Monday 16th April 2012
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Wembdon', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SOM-037C63
Object type: METAL WORKING DEBRIS
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: Somerset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Two amorphous blobs of copper alloy with rounded shapes that suggest they are cooled runs of liquid metal. One is small, 5.78 grams, and has some glass like material indented in it. The other is 68.69 grams.
Created on: Thursday 19th April 2012
Last updated: Thursday 19th April 2012
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'North Petherton', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SOM-11BCB5
Object type: UNIDENTIFIED OBJECT
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: Somerset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Fragment of an unidentified cast copper alloy item, possibly some form of vessel or harness fitting. The piece has a circular sectioned straight projection at one end, ending in an old break. Beyond this it widens into a large D-shaped collar. Level with the lower edge a broader circular sectioned bar projects. This broader bar is curved, gradually at first then sharply back on itself about 120 degrees, it also ends in an old break. The piece is now 16.9mm long 10.9mm wide and 8.5mm thick; it weighs 3.53 grams. The way the collar projects only on one side suggests it was designed to s…
Created on: Wednesday 2nd May 2012
Last updated: Monday 21st May 2012
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Westonzoyland', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SOM-5624F1
Object type: ARCHITECTURAL FRAGMENT
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: North Somerset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
One fragment of burnt clay which is probably a piece of daub. Orangey-pink external layer with buff areas. Sand inclusions, c.5% of total and occasional soft orange inclusions, fired daub or plaster. Irregular shape with a shallow C shaped groove, probably an impression from the wattle to which this would have been stuck. 13.97 grams. Such material is hard to date out of context and could be Iron Age - Post Medieval but given other material found near by it is probably Roman.
Created on: Wednesday 23rd November 2016
Last updated: Wednesday 23rd November 2016
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Kingston Seymour CP', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SOM-0F3882
Object type: BEAD
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: Somerset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A black, probably jet, bead of either probably of Roman or Victorian date, possibly Late Neolithic or Bronze Age. The fusiform (barrel shaped) bead is circular in section with flat ends and convex centre. Mid-way between the middle and each end is a pair of incised transverse lines running around the bead. A slightly off centre hole has been drilled through. It is 28.1mm long, 15.3mm in diameter at the centre and weighs 4.26 grams. The hole is 3.8mm internally and one end and 3.0mm at the other. It is not facetted which suggests it was lathe turned rather than pared which would ind…
Created on: Friday 20th April 2012
Last updated: Friday 20th April 2012
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Nynehead', grid reference and parish protected.


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