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Record ID: SOM-35B890
Object type: WEIGHT
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: Somerset
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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-1CE463
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: Devon
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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-9C47B7
Object type: BEAD
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: Somerset
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Opaque turquoise blue glass bead of uncertain date. The bead is oval in plan and circular in section with slight rims around the holes. It has a rough sided hole c.2.4mm in diameter running though it. It is 8.9mm long and 9.2mm in diameter and weighs 0.89 grams. Irregularity in the shape and a spiralling grain suggest it was made by being wound on a pontil. Although turquoise blue beads were popular in the Roman and Early Medieval period, those examples are usually more globular, distinctly wider in diameter than they are long. Guido (1978:70) comments that stray examples of such be…
Created on: Thursday 14th June 2012
Last updated: Tuesday 19th June 2012
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Ilminster', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SOM-2F18F7
Object type: GAMING PIECE
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: Somerset
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Lead gaming piece of Roman to Post Medieval date. It measures 22.1mm in length, 16.7mm in diametre and weighs 39.18g.
Created on: Wednesday 28th September 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-BDDF94
Object type: WEIGHT
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: Somerset
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A rectangular cast lead alloy weight of uncertain date with flat base, tapering to a rounded point. There is a hole in the indent near the point. It is 23.1mm in length, 13.1mm in width, 8.7mm in thicknes and weighs 18.71g. 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: Wednesday 17th August 2011
Last updated: Thursday 18th August 2011
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Chilton Polden', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SOM-7D3F25
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: Somerset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
An incomplete, cast lead alloy spindle whorl. The spindle whorl is flattened biconical with a broad central ridge around the centre. The hole through the object is large (11.6mm diameter) and off-centre. The spindle whorl has a small break on one edge due to the metal corroding and laminating. The diameter of the spindle whorl is 26.6, and it is 14.3mm thick and weighs 31.02g. 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: Tuesday 29th January 2013
Last updated: Thursday 31st January 2013
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Carhampton', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SOM-3D8BF4
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 H-shaped in section with two irregularly shaped outer sides, one larger than the other, joined by a smaller central section. The smaller side is slightly convex, the larger side is covered in indented lines and areas. Possibly marking of something that was held against the inner side of the pot to hold the lead as it was cast. In the 4.0mm wide groove created between the outer sides there are no remains of the original pot. It is 29.7 mm by 25.5mm, 8.6 mm thick and weighs 37.93 g. Pot mends of this form are found i…
Created on: Friday 2nd November 2012
Last updated: Monday 5th November 2012
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Near Wincanton', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SOM-4A80F6
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 H-shaped in section with two irregularly shaped outer sides, one much larger than the other, joined by a smaller central section. The smaller side is slightly convex and was probably on the outerside of the pot. In the 1.4-1.8mm wide groove created between the outer sides there is a patch of material which appears to be iron pan rather than the original pot, unless the pot was of iron which has completely rusted leaving no metallic material remaining. It is 32.5 mm by 27.4mm, 9.2 mm thick and weighs 30.80 g. Pot men…
Created on: Thursday 15th May 2014
Last updated: Wednesday 28th May 2014
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Near Wincanton', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SOM-400F55
Object type: WEIGHT
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: Somerset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Cast lead alloy weight, probably of Medieval to Post-Medieval date. The weight is a truncated cone with a sub-circular flat base from which the sides taper inwards to the flattened round topped terminal. The sides are slightly angular with four convex sides meeting in rounded corners. The terminal has a circular piercing through it for suspension. There is an irregularly shaped off centre indentation on the base, either a casting flaw or damage. The weight measures 30.9mm high, 24.4mm in diameter at the base and weighs 70.50 grams. Lead weights were used for a long period and lack…
Created on: Tuesday 8th April 2014
Last updated: Tuesday 8th April 2014
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Milverton CP', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SOM-404D66
Object type: CASTING WASTE
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: Somerset
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Piece of lead alloy, probably casting waste. the piece is sub oval with one almost straight edge with irregular indents in it, rounded ends and a more convex curved edge. One face is flat and irregular. The other is convex with the thickest point running as a curved ridge from end to end. The part of this side between the ridge and the straighter edge is a slope while between the ridge and the convex edge it is a convex curved in profile. There is a indented line echoing the curve of the ridge and the convex edge. It is 68.8mm long, 32.9mm wide and 8.8mm thick. It weighs 89.37 grams. …
Created on: Tuesday 8th April 2014
Last updated: Tuesday 8th April 2014
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Milverton CP', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SOM-FFFA91
Object type: WEIGHT
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: Somerset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Conical cast lead weight. The base is circular and concave within a flat rim. The sides are slightly flattened on two opposite sides and these sides are stepped in about two thirds of the way up leaving a flat tab at the top with a rounded upper edge and circular hole pierced through it. It is 21.9mm in diameter, 37.7mm tall and weighs 75.44 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: Wednesday 25th January 2012
Last updated: Wednesday 25th January 2012
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Near Wells', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SOM-001F18
Object type: WEIGHT
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: Somerset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Conical lead weight with suspension hole. It is square in plan with an irregular, convex base. Two sides are triangular, the others are rectangular and angled in to converge at the top leaving a roughly square flat tab at the top with rounded corners and a circular hole pierced through it. It is 15.4mm by 16.1mm at the base, 36.8mm tall and weighs 48.78 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: Wednesday 25th January 2012
Last updated: Wednesday 25th January 2012
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Near Wells', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SOM-6F0616
Object type: WEIGHT
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: Somerset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Flat, slightly oval lead weight with lumps of another material, stone or copper alloy set into each side. The weight is 26.7mm by 24.3mm and 10.2mm thick; 8.4mm excluding the inset material. It weighs 42.46 grams. Lead weights in copper alloy casings are known from the 11th - 12th century, e.g. HAMP-EEBC91 but the material on this example appears to be set it. Other lead weights with copper alloys set into them are known but these have an item on one side only and it is always a decorative piece of copper alloy. It is not clear if the material in this case was incorporated deliberat…
Created on: Wednesday 18th January 2012
Last updated: Friday 20th January 2012
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Chedzoy', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SOM-920441
Object type: VESSEL
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: Somerset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Fragment of a cast lead-alloy item, possibly part of the rim from a large vessel such as a box. The fragment is flat and broadly rectangular, one long edge appears complete and is slghtly convex curved, the other is probably an old break. Both ends are broken with old breaks and one is bent back. Both sides are decorated with raised decoration in the form of lines and pellets running parallel to the complete edge. On both sides it is broadly similar with (going in from the complete long edge) two wide plain lines, a row of pellets, a thinner plain line then a broader band with a row …
Created on: Thursday 23rd October 2014
Last updated: Thursday 23rd October 2014
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Chilthorne Domer CP', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SOM-BF6EC7
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: Somerset
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 27.1mm in diameter, 7.5mm thick and weights 27.07g, the hole is 9.7mm in diameter at the base, 7.3mm 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 5th August 2011
Last updated: Monday 15th August 2011
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Edington', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SOM-B1ACC0
Object type: WEIGHT
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: Wiltshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Cast lead alloy conical weight with corroded remains of an iron suspension loop at the top. The weight has an oval base with a indent in the centre, tapering sides and a rounded top. It is 28.5 by 24.9mm on the base 36.3mm tall and weighs 118 grams. It may have acted as a steelyard weight. Plain lead weights are usually locally made for individual uses and hard to date precisely although most are Medieval or Post Medieval.
Created on: Wednesday 27th June 2012
Last updated: Thursday 28th June 2012
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Donhead St Andrew', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SOM-C7B96F
Object type: WEIGHT
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: Somerset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A cast lead weight or possibly spindle whorl. It is circular and has a slightly domed top and bottom and convex sides giving it an oval cross section. There is a oval hole runing through the centre and seven evenly spaced grooves running down the sides. It is 17.8mm in diameter, 8.8mm thick and weights 9.35g, the hole is 6.3 by 5.5mm across. 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: Monday 1st December 2014
Last updated: Tuesday 9th December 2014
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Crewkerne CP', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SOM-9FB093
Object type: WEIGHT
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: Devon
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A cast lead weight or possibly spindle whorl. It is circular and has a slightly domed top and flat base with a large circular hole running through it. It is 21.4mm in diameter, 5.3mm thick and weights 9.35g, the hole is 10.5mm in diameter. 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: Thursday 13th December 2012
Last updated: Thursday 13th December 2012
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Kerswell', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SOM-DAACA0
Object type: WEIGHT
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: Somerset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A cast lead weight or possibly spindle whorl. It is flat and sub-circular with a flat top, angled sides and an indented ring running around the centre on the base with a raised inner and outer edge. There is a tapering circular hole running through the centre, now filled by iron pan. It is 26.8mm in diameter, 8.2mm thick and weights 31.91g, the hole is 8.1mm in diameter at the base, 7.5mm 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 29th June 2012
Last updated: Friday 29th June 2012
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Wembdon', 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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