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Record ID: KENT-96FBB9
Object type: MOUNT
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Essex
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A near complete copper-alloy and iron rock crystal-set probable reliquary mount of medieval date (c.AD 1100-1250). Description: The object is sub-oval in plan, the oval cabochon-cut rock crystal set within a corroded bezel constructed from a copper-alloy base plate and iron rim. The rock crystal cabochon has been highly polished in such a way that a central ridge runs along its centre top to bottom. The bezel is flat on the underside and has clumps of corrosion al the way around the edge.  Measurements: 20mm long, 17.8mm wide, 14.36mm thick and 5.38…
Created on: Wednesday 27th April 2022
Last updated: Thursday 28th April 2022
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Record ID: NLM-8E82EB
Object type: DEBITAGE
Broad period: NEOLITHIC
County: Lincolnshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Dark grey brown flint debitage. A tiny thick rhomboid flake with broad flakes struck from its dorsal side and with a bulbar ventral surface. Very short abrupt retouch executed from the dorsal side may form a serrated edge which is more readily felt than observed. The lack of patina may hint at its subsequent incorporation into a sealed deposit. Suggested date: Neolithic, 4000-2350 BC Length: 17.9mm, Width: 13.3mm, Thickness: 5.5mm, Weight:  0.93gms
Created on: Monday 8th November 2021
Last updated: Monday 8th November 2021
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Binbrook', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: LON-9B6D66
Object type: INTAGLIO
Broad period: ROMAN
County: Greater London Authority
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A complete Roman carved red jasper intaglio of a left facing bust of a young man probably Apollo. The stone has been cut into an oval shape and is bevelled the obverse side being wider than the reverse. Dimensions: length: 13.27mm; width: 11.22mm: thickness: 2.94mm; weight: 0.65g Martin Henig per comm writes "This is a lovely gem, a red jasper which I would date from its style to around the very end of the 2nd century AD. It is a full, nude bust of a youth with his hair bound with a fillet and long locks down the name of his neck. These locks suggests it is to be interpr…
Created on: Tuesday 21st September 2021
Last updated: Wednesday 13th October 2021
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Record ID: SUR-1D7B05
Object type: SEAL MATRIX
Broad period: MODERN
County: Surrey
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A 19th century watch fob or pendant seal with a large oval orange stone, possibly chalcedony or carnelian, set within a thin silver frame. The stone depicts, on one side, a helmeted bust, right, possibly Minerva and on the other a monogram of letters, possibly JP, likely the initials of the owner. The silver frame is constructed from a band of metal, with a pair of parallel grooves running around the outside and a pair of drilled pivot points at either end of the long axis to mount the seal within a rotating suspension frame, now missing.
Created on: Thursday 10th June 2021
Last updated: Thursday 10th June 2021
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Record ID: PUBLIC-8E0295
Object type: BEAD
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: Kent
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A complete worn amber bead of uncertain date, probably dating from the Bronze Age to Early Medieval periods, c. 2000BC-850AD. The bead is doughnut shaped and slightly ovoid with a D-shaped cross-section. The central perforation is 5.3mm in diameter. The surface is pitted and worn and there are small bubbles visible within the amber. It is a golden honey brown. Measurements: diameter of 11.99mm; 5.11 mm thick and weighs 0.8 grams. Discussion: amber beads are very difficult to date. They are found from the early to middle Bronze Age and beads worn on a string (and often …
Created on: Saturday 22nd May 2021
Last updated: Monday 11th October 2021
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Record ID: SUR-DA87B3
Object type: INTAGLIO
Broad period: MODERN
County: Milton Keynes
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
An oval neoclassical intaglio of late 18th-19th century date which is held in an oval copper alloy frame, 24.9mm in length. The intaglio is orange and banded and made from a thin polished slice of a silicate mineral such chalcedony or agate (or perhaps a synthetic imitation such as glass / paste). The gem has a carved image of a young male bust wearing a radiate crown. The frame has traces of gilding and expands towards the front; there are no fixings aside from a strump of a lug or loop at the top of the rear part of the frame.
Created on: Tuesday 12th January 2021
Last updated: Tuesday 12th January 2021
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Record ID: PUBLIC-6653F0
Object type: SEAL MATRIX
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Leicestershire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A post medieval or modern seal matrix. A rectangular silver mount with rounded corners and chamfered sides containing a flat octagonal red hardstone with an engraved ornate monogram of the initials 'R C'. The mount has a shallow channel around the circumference to the upper side, and the reverse is open backed, with solder marks at the corners where it has broken away from some other element. The silver is not hallmarked, which might indicate a date after 1720 and prior to 1864, although stylistically it could be later, possibly up to c1900. It measures 23.4 by 18.9mm and is…
Created on: Tuesday 2nd June 2020
Last updated: Wednesday 3rd June 2020
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Ravenstone', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: LON-0335F7
Object type: BEAD
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: Greater London Authority
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A faceted octagonal biconical garnet bead of uncertain date. The bead is drilled and faceted on the outside. Dimensions: length: 3.36mm; weight: 0.6g
Created on: Thursday 16th January 2020
Last updated: Monday 27th January 2020
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Record ID: KENT-83AE48
Object type: PENDANT
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: Kent
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
An incomplete polished calcite pendant or earring dropper of uncertain date. Description: The dropper is conical shaped tapering from a break to a wider domed base. The calcite is heavily banded from dark to light brown through light cream colour. Measurements: 25.6mm long, 7.04mm wide and 1.34g in weight. Discussion: While clearly worked calcite does not survive well once exposed or affected by agriculture process. Similar dropper elements are known from Roman and Post-medieval to modern earirngs, necklaces and pendants. That all being said the object was found in the vicini…
Created on: Tuesday 29th October 2019
Last updated: Wednesday 30th October 2019
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Record ID: HAMP-3A6132
Object type: GEMSTONE
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Hampshire
Workflow stage: Published Find published
A garnet gemstone measuring 6 mm by 4.2 mm by 1.9 mm. Given the comment from Kieran McCarthy of Wartski (see below), it is highly likely this is the missing setting for finger-ring HAMP-6C5109 / 2017 T761 (pictured). With grateful thanks to Kieran McCarthy of Wartski (www.wartski.com) for bringing the gemstone to our attention and for providing the image and information about the garnet. McCarthy comments 'The garnet .... fits the bezel perfectly. The hollow bezels of this type of ring were packed with a material that pushed the stone upwards. Over time in the ground this substance…
Created on: Tuesday 3rd April 2018
Last updated: Tuesday 5th May 2020
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Hursley', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: KENT-E3AD5C
Object type: BEAD
Broad period: ROMAN
County: Kent
Workflow stage: Published Find published
An incomplete polyhedral cylindrical emerald (or other beryl) bead, likely of 2nd to 3rd century date. Description: The bead is formed from a naturally facetted hexagonal prism, typical of emeralds and other related beryl gems. The bead has been heavily damaged and a section of it has been chipped and there is fracturing through much of the bead. There is a straight drilled hole through the bead top to bottom. The bead is a deep mid green verging on aquamarine in colour. Measurements: 6.84mm thick, 9.2mm long, 6.94mm wide and 0.82g in weight. Discussion: Dating of plain…
Created on: Friday 29th September 2017
Last updated: Thursday 11th June 2020
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Record ID: NLM-000B7D
Object type: SEAL MATRIX
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: North Lincolnshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Gemstone and copper alloy seal matrix fragment. A flat oval stone retaining no incised detail whatsoever, with a bevelled edge behind, clasped within a pressed metal frame with billeted sides of thickness 0.6mm. The stone is blood-red on what is taken as its display face, but yellow with red streaks behind. Suggested date: Post-Medieval, 1850-1900. Length: 18.6mm, Width: 14.9mm, Weight: 2.33gms
Created on: Friday 25th August 2017
Last updated: Friday 25th August 2017
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Record ID: LON-4C8401
Object type: INTAGLIO
Broad period: ROMAN
County: Greater London Authority
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A incomplete Roman oval cornelian intaglio, probably dating 1st to the 2nd century AD. The opposite side is smooth. The intaglio is decorated with an engraved cockerel left, head right. The cockerel was associated with Mercury, the god of merchants, travelers and those that transported goods. A Roman ring on the database with a intaglio decorated with a cockerel is CORN-7384FE. Dimensions: length: 11.17mm; width: 9.11mm; thickness: 4.09mm; weight: 0.59g. Reference: Henig, M. 1978. A Corpus of Roman Engraved Gemstones from British Sites. BAR British Series 8. Henig,…
Created on: Thursday 29th June 2017
Last updated: Monday 16th November 2020
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Record ID: LON-5A2505
Object type: FINGER RING
Broad period: ROMAN
County: Greater London Authority
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
An incomplete Roman iron finger ring with intaglio dating from AD50-410. The finger ring has an oval bezel containing a stone intalio, with engraved lion left. The band has a D-shaped cross-section and expands to the width of the bezel. The shoulders are undecorated. Dimensions of ring: length: 20.39mm; width: 10.58mm; wight: 2.06g Dimensions of intaglio: length: 13.14mm; width: 10.57mm
Created on: Monday 5th December 2016
Last updated: Monday 16th November 2020
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Record ID: LON-9D59FA
Object type: INTAGLIO
Broad period: ROMAN
County: Greater London Authority
Workflow stage: Published Find published
A Roman oval cornelian intaglio, probably dating 1st to the 2nd century AD. This intaglio is Henig Series A. The colour of the gemstone is an even orange. The intaglio is oval in plan and conforms to Henig's Flat Shape I, the upper (engraved) surface is longer than the lower (smooth) surface, so the sides are angled outwards. The cross-section is also wedge-shaped so one side is thicker (2.75mm) than the other (1.52mm). The upper side is carved with a standing female figure, Fortuna, facing right with has one arm held out in front holding the rudder, and in her other hand is a corn…
Created on: Tuesday 9th August 2016
Last updated: Thursday 17th May 2018
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Record ID: LON-37EB06
Object type: INTAGLIO
Broad period: ROMAN
County: Greater London Authority
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Roman intaglio in dark blue nicolo glass bearing the motif of a dolphin, AD.43-410. See NARC-E77EF0 for a similar design in a different stone. The stone is oval cut in shape with a bevelled edge on the obverse side. The raised central section is blue-grey in colour and has a dolphin incised into it, this has a tripointed tail and a long body with some incision to suggest fins. The rest of the stone is a blue in colour. The reverse is faceted where it has been ground into shape.
Created on: Friday 29th April 2016
Last updated: Monday 19th November 2018
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Record ID: NLM-ACB9CA
Object type: PENDANT
Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
County: Lincolnshire
Workflow stage: Published Find published
A large gold pendant with a cabochon gemstone setting. The pendant comprises a gold sheet back-plate to which has been soldered a tri-partite frame, the two outermost elements consisting of strands of twisted beaded gold wire and the innermost an upright gold strip, which clasps the gemstone setting. At the top is a suspension loop, made from a strip of gold sheet that has been soldered onto the back-plate and rolled forward to meet the top of the frame. The rear terminal, on the back of the pendant, is slightly rounded and edged with beaded wire. The loop is decorated with five longi…
Created on: Thursday 17th March 2016
Last updated: Friday 17th May 2019
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Binbrook', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: LANCUM-9C23D4
Object type: JEWELLERY
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Greater London Authority
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A small red gem set in a copper alloy base. The gem is possibly a semi-precious stone or glass, being almost circular in plan, and slightly conical in profile with a flat, faceted top. It is held in place on the base by four tangs with rounded ends. The underside of the base also has four bent tangs which are triangular and less rounded. It is probably a component of a larger piece of jewellery such as a brooch. The mount and shape of the stone seem to be Post medieval in form, but it is impossible to date with any certainty. The length is 5mm, the width is 5mm and the weight 0.15g.
Created on: Tuesday 9th February 2016
Last updated: Monday 29th February 2016
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Record ID: NLM-363B6F
Object type: BEAD
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Lincolnshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Mid blue glass bead. A globular bead probably moulded in semi-translucent glass with a stringing hole of diameter 3.5mm and with faint turning or finishing lines on its outer surface. Beads of various pale and sky blue tints were especially favoured in the Victorian period to decorate lace bobbins. Suggested date: Post-Medieval, 1850-1900. Diameter: 8.8mm, Length: 6.7mm, Weight: 0.65gms.
Created on: Thursday 4th February 2016
Last updated: Monday 8th February 2016
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Swinhope', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: LON-CF9D8B
Object type: INTAGLIO
Broad period: ROMAN
County: Greater London Authority
Workflow stage: Published Find published
Complete Roman carved red stone, possibly carnelian, intaglio of a hound chasing a hare, AD.43-410. The stone has been cut into an oval shape and is bevelled the obverse side being wider than the reverse. The stone is red with some black impurities running through in bands or flecks. The image has a hare running left with a Hound in pursuit on the right. There is a branch in leaf that curves from the right of the image round the top of it. Length: 14.03mm Width: 11.18mm Thickness: 2.04mm Weight: 0.47g
Created on: Monday 18th January 2016
Last updated: Wednesday 4th May 2016
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