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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-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-31F731
Object type: METAL WORKING DEBRIS
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: Somerset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Mis-cast copper alloy item. The piece has a amorphous blob of solidified molton metal with a short cylindrical extension to one side. The cylinder has an old break at the end opposite the blob and a double incised line around the centre. The cylinder may be part of a miscast artefact such as a candlestick or it may be from an aperture where metal was poured into a mould. It is 32.6mm by 38.5mm and 13.7mm thick, the cylinder is 13.4mm in diameter and 15.4mm long. It weighs 35.74 grams.
Created on: Friday 16th March 2012
Last updated: Thursday 18th October 2012
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Carhampton', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SOM-B770D7
Object type: UNIDENTIFIED OBJECT
Broad period: UNKNOWN
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A small fragment of copper-alloy, possibly from an axe or similar implement. The fragment is wedge shaped, with a sharp, rounded edge on one side and straight, rough, blunt edges on all other sides, suggesting that it has indeed broken away from a larger object, which may well have been an axe. However, beyond such suggestions, its small size makes it impossible to draw any definite conclusions about what this object may have been and to what period it dates from. Length: 18.50mm, Width: 7.87mm, Thickness: 3.46mm Weight: 1.50g
Created on: Thursday 26th March 2009
Last updated: Thursday 24th February 2011
No spatial data available.


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Record ID: SOM-6160B1
Object type: METAL WORKING DEBRIS
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: Somerset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Four irregular lumps of copper alloy. All varying in size and shape. Probably the result of metal working. Undatable. 1. Length: 16.6m, Width: 13.3mm, Thickness: 6.6mm, Weight: 4g 2. Length: 1mm, Width: 20.7mm, Thickness: 3.7mm, Weight: 5g 3. Length: 3.9mm, Width: 19.7mm, Thickness: 8.8mm, Weight: 11.6g 4. Length: 23.9mm, Width: 12.6mm, Thickness: 6.6, Weight: 4.5g
Created on: Thursday 8th January 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-928A86
Object type: UNIDENTIFIED OBJECT
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: Somerset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Unidentified copper alloy object, with tinned outer surface. The object is roughly ‘V’ shaped, with two ‘arms’ extending upwards. At the base of these is a break. The object is slightly concave below and convex above. It has a rounded ridge running along the edge of the inner part of the upper surface. Below this and just above the break is a small oval groove containing three dots and a little line. The metal is in poor condition, with brown and green pitted sections in places. Length: 24.46mm, Width: 28.62mm, Thickness: 6.02mm, Weight: 9.76g
Created on: Thursday 11th March 2010
Last updated: Wednesday 15th February 2012
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Crewkerne', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SOM-0E9E36
Object type: FINGER RING
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: Somerset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Cast copper alloy finger ring of late Early Medieval or Medieval date. The ring has a prominent projecting circular bezel decorated with an incised design of a quatrefoil. Each pointed oval leaf has a central line and two outer lines. The outer corners of the leaves are joined by a line and filling the spandrels created between the edge and these lines are multiple parallel diagonal lines. There is a line border around the edge. There are patinated chips to the edge of the bezel in two places. This circular bezel sits on top of the hoop and is flanked by decorated shoulders. Each shou…
Created on: Thursday 26th July 2012
Last updated: Thursday 9th August 2012
Spatial data recorded.


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Record ID: SOM-189165
Object type: UNIDENTIFIED OBJECT
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: Somerset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Copper alloy egg shaped object of unclear purpose and uncertain date, probably late Medieval or Post Medieval. The item is egg shaped, circular in section with the widest point about one third along its length, from this point it tapers with increasing angle to the rounded ends. The piece appears to be made in two sections, roughly dividing it in half around the circumference, and may originally have been able to be taken apart along the division. There are the stubs of a attachment or suspension loop at the wider end. There is a bare tonsure at the narrow end surrounded by a double …
Created on: Tuesday 25th September 2012
Last updated: Tuesday 25th September 2012
Spatial data recorded.


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Record ID: SOM-E7D1C5
Object type: MOUNT
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: Somerset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Roman or Post Medieval cast copper alloy circular mount. The mount has a raised border and inner circle both emphasised with an incised line running around their inner side with a concave border between them. Within the inner circle the mount rises gradually at first then more abruptly to a domed centre. The back is plain but rough and concave with the deepest point in the centre. The edges are damaged at several points with old breaks that have distorted the shape slightly. There is no evidence of attachments. It is 36.4mm in diameter and 7.4mm thick, 1.4mm thick at the edge and weig…
Created on: Tuesday 22nd January 2013
Last updated: Tuesday 22nd January 2013
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Martock', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SOM-26B5E6
Object type: METAL WORKING DEBRIS
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: Somerset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Amorphous lump of copper alloy metal working debris, either casting waste or slag, showing a bubbly structure typical of high temperature working. 29.7mm long, 24.4mm wide, 7.9mm thick and 10.82 g in weight. Material such as this is undatable due to its undiagnosic nature but may indicate specialist metal working in the area at some point.
Created on: Friday 25th January 2013
Last updated: Friday 25th January 2013
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Carhampton', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SOM-7AE765
Object type: METAL WORKING DEBRIS
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: Somerset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Lump of solidified melted copper alloy material from of high temperature working. The lump has numerous solidified air bubbles suggesting it was brought to a full molten heat. However in less fully melted sections their appears to be the remains of circular copper alloy disks which were melted to create the lump. The designs on the disks are not clear. Most are only visible in the sides as the remains of stacks but a few could be measured and range from 13.8 to 11.2mm in diameter and are 1.0 to 1.2mm thick. The lump is 46.4mm by 32.7mm by 18.1mm and weighs 52.91 grams. It is clea…
Created on: Tuesday 29th January 2013
Last updated: Monday 4th February 2013
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Carhampton', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SOM-495042
Object type: UNIDENTIFIED OBJECT
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: Somerset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Copper alloy ring shaped piece of a larger item of uncertain date, probably Roman - Post Medieval. The piece is now a ring with a D-shaped section, flat inner side and convex outer. The outer side is decorated with alternating narrow raised transverse lines and broad sections with oval swellings . There is an irregular, worn break to one side of the ring and possibly also to the other side suggesting it was once part of a longer tube shaped piece. The decoration does not continue onto the extensions to the sides. It is 19.7mm in diameter, 10.4mm wide and 3.7mm thick; it weighs 6.65 grams.
Created on: Thursday 15th May 2014
Last updated: Tuesday 27th May 2014
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Near Wincanton', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SOM-FE0013
Object type: CASTING WASTE
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: Somerset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Nine irregular pieces of copper alloy casting waste. Four (104 grams in total) (A1-2, B1, D1 and B2) are rounded with many globules stuck together suggesting the metal was fully molton when they formed. One of these (B2) has a more silvery surface suggesting it may be a high tin or tombac alloy. Three (143 grams in total) (C1, CD2, A3) are flatter as though they have fomed on a surface. One (4 grams) (B3) appears to be a relatively thin, 1.7mm thick, convex piece, fairly consistant in thickness but with irregular material stuck on the concave side and a broken edge all the way around.…
Created on: Thursday 17th April 2014
Last updated: Friday 25th April 2014
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Wembdon CP', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SOM-FE5187
Object type: CASTING WASTE
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: Somerset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
One piece of cast copper alloy, probably casting waste, possibly a blade. The piece was found in conjunction with nine other pieces of casting waste (SOM-FE0013). It has two slightly convex flat faces joining at a thin edge on one side and irregular broken edges on the other three sides. While the piece may be part of a blade with the thin edge being a blade edge it is very rough on both surfaces and does not thin again evenly from the thickest point as might be expected. It is possible it is part of a small pool of molton metal that formed on a slightly dished surface. It is 40.2mm b…
Created on: Thursday 17th April 2014
Last updated: Friday 25th April 2014
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Wembdon CP', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SOM-EE0DC1
Object type: CHISEL
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: Somerset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A copper alloy woodworking tool of uncertain date. It is a bar, broadly rectangular in plan and circular in section at one end. The opposite end tapers to a narrow edge, creating a broadly triangular cross section. It measures 70.4mm in length, 16.2mm in diameter and weighs 78.5g. The faces are flat and there is no concave face which would indicate that this is a gouge and is therefore more likely to be a chisel, although the tapering end is quite thick and blunt. Copper alloy woodworking tools are known from the Bronze Age but it is not a typical form such as a gouge. Such tools …
Created on: Wednesday 19th October 2011
Last updated: Thursday 16th February 2012
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'West Pennard', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SOM-ED5238
Object type: BUCKLE
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: Somerset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Fragment iof a cast copper alloy item, possibly a buckle frame. The fragment is of a flat, rectangular sectioned strip which is slightly curved in plan with old breaks at either end. On the front are five punched ring and dot motifs and part of a sixth (the rest lost to the break) arranged 1-2-1-2 followed by part of a larger double ring and dot design (again part is lost to the break). It is 16.4mm long, 6.1mm wide and 1.7mm thick; it weighs 0.93 grams. Such a small fragment is hard to identify with any certainty but the design may suggest a Roman to Medieval date.
Created on: Monday 31st October 2011
Last updated: Tuesday 1st November 2011
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Bawdrip', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SOM-0A2781
Object type: BEAD
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: Wiltshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A copper alloy probable bead of uncertain date. The bead is circular in plan and trinagular in cross section with a flat inner side central ridge running around the outer side. A break at one point indicates where two ends of a rod were hammered around and butted together to form the bead. It measures 17.5mm in external diameter, 9.2mm in internal diameter, and a maximum of 7.7mm wide by 4.6mm thick; it weighs 7.60g. Simple copper alloy beads of this type were popular from the Bronze Age to the Medieval period. SWYOR-761CA0 anf SUSS-1090B1 on this database are similar. It is also p…
Created on: Tuesday 20th December 2011
Last updated: Friday 23rd December 2011
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Alvediston', grid reference and parish protected.


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