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Record ID: KENT-E3AD5C
Object type: BEAD
Broad period: ROMAN
County: Kent
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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 beads…
Created on: Friday 29th September 2017
Last updated: Monday 9th October 2017
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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-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 cornu…
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: 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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Record ID: LON-097F02
Object type: INTAGLIO
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Greater London Authority
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Complete Intaglio of red stone, possibly glass, depicting the neo-classical bust of a roman general in profile facing right in an 18th century setting. Stone is oval in shape and the upper surface is deep opaque red in colour, the backing is visible between the settings and is a pale yellow. The bust has a thin neck and face, the general wears a laurel wreath and has an armoured upper torso. The setting is 18th-19th century and of a white metal with rounded teeth, the setting is flat, matching the intaglio shape but has a shallow cylindrical attachment to the back which is ridged. …
Created on: Monday 9th November 2015
Last updated: Monday 21st December 2015
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Record ID: SWYOR-D46B34
Object type: BEAD
Broad period: MODERN
County: North Yorkshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
An incomplete gem bead of probable Modern date, about AD 1900 - 1950. Probably less than half of the bead survives. It is sub-spherical with a pronounced ridge across the complete end. The circular drilled perforation (c.1.5mm diameter) is in the centre of this ridge, and is also visible in the broken face. The bead is made of a bright royal blue material and the surface is decorated with flecks of a gold coloured material and mottled with lighter blue dots. It is thought to be lapis lazuli. Some bubbles are visible in the broken surface. The bead is 16.7mm by 14.7mm and 11.1mm from t…
Created on: Monday 7th September 2015
Last updated: Monday 7th September 2015
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Record ID: NMS-B6A4F4
Object type: INTAGLIO
Broad period: ROMAN
County: Norfolk
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Roman intaglio. Oval carnelian with flat upper face and bevelled edges on the reverse, with a thin rectangular-sectioned gold band around the edge. The upper face is engraved with a naked male standing figure facing left holding stems of corn in his left hand, and an unidentified object is his right, with drapery falling from his left arm. SECVND INI is engraved on the left edge of the gem in retrograde, the N and D ligatured. Measuring 13 x 10mm. Thickness 2mm. Weight 0.5g. 43 - 410 AD.
Created on: Thursday 7th May 2015
Last updated: Thursday 4th October 2018
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Billingford', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SWYOR-FB1233
Object type: INTAGLIO
Broad period: ROMAN
County: North Lincolnshire
Workflow stage: Published Find published
A gem (onyx) intaglio from a signet ring or seal matrix of Roman date, about AD 50 - 150. It has previously been examined and published by Martin Henig in his "A Corpus of Roman Engraved Gemstones From British Sites" (1874, 1978 and 2007) as number app. 44. and illustarted in Plates, series A. The entry reads: "Symbols connected with Apollo: a raven on an altar, palm branch, cornucopia and corn-ear. ?Onyx. 12 x 11mm. Flat, oval with bevelled edge (shape F4). Dragonby, Lincolnshire. Impression examined by courtesy of C.Knowles. ? second century AD." Martin Henig added the following c…
Created on: Monday 2nd February 2015
Last updated: Thursday 20th September 2018
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Record ID: IARCH-7F78F5
Object type: INTAGLIO
Broad period: ROMAN
County: Norfolk
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Intaglio unmounted gemstones, all carnelian.
Created on: Tuesday 20th January 2015
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Snettisham Jeweller's Hoard', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: IARCH-166648
Object type: BEAD
Broad period: ROMAN
County: Wiltshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Created on: Tuesday 20th January 2015
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Bishops Cannings', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: IARCH-EB9F9F
Object type: SPINDLE WHORL
Broad period: ROMAN
County: Oxfordshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A crystal spindle-whirl [sic] cut in facet. Later described as a bead. Possibly a hair pin?.
Created on: Tuesday 20th January 2015
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Brighthampton', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: IARCH-19C0B1
Object type: GEMSTONE
Broad period: ROMAN
County: Somerset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A piece of malachite. Relationship with hoard uncertain, found 'in close contiguity'.
Created on: Tuesday 20th January 2015
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Ham Hill', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: IARCH-97DABD
Object type: INTAGLIO
Broad period: ROMAN
County: Cambridgeshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Intaglio gem of nicolo (onyx), 7/8 in. by 5/8 in. H J M Green 1956.
Created on: Tuesday 20th January 2015
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Godmanchester', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: NLM-969F6C
Object type: KNIFE
Broad period: NEOLITHIC
County: Lincolnshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Pale rose tinted flint with cloudy cortex opatches possible knife. Oval flake with angled invasive working across its dorsal side and faint ripples on the ventral. A curved edge bears tiny serrations produced by very short abrupt retouch executed from the dorsal aspect. Patina on the flat edge opposite may suggest the serrated edge was the working part of the tool, with the flat part opposite enabling pressure to be exerted on it. Suggested date: Early Neolithic, 4000-3500 BC. Length: 19.9mm, Width: 15.1mm, Thickness: 2.0mm, Weight: 0.82gms.
Created on: Thursday 11th December 2014
Last updated: Thursday 11th December 2014
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Swinhope', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: WAW-0A0A84
Object type: BEAD
Broad period: ROMAN
County: Worcestershire
Workflow stage: Published Find published
A complete amber bead of uncertain date. The bead is circular in plan and oval in section. At the centre of the bead is a drilled circular perforation approximately 2.6mm in diameter. The bead is translucent with a deep orange colour. The surfaces of the bead are scratched due to movement in the plough soil. This bead is from a collection of light blue, mid blue and white mostly glass beads found in the same field. The bead is dated as probably Roman owing to other Roman finds retrieved from nearby. However, beads of this style were used from the Iron Age to at least the Medieval perio…
Created on: Friday 28th February 2014
Last updated: Monday 14th May 2018
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Record ID: LON-8B0AE6
Object type: INTAGLIO
Broad period: ROMAN
County: Greater London Authority
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A Roman nicolo intaglio dating to the 1st-2nd century AD. The stone has been cut so that it has an oval outer face with steep sloping sides. The base is also oval shaped but convex. The stone is onyx. Onyx stones with white outer surfaces were carved to create the banded navy/black to light blue seen in this example. The convex shape is consistent with earlier examples of intaglio, with the later markets being dominated by flat cut stones (Zienkiewicz, 1987, 13). The intaglio is decorated with a carved figure standing right, both arms raised and possibly holding accompanying objec…
Created on: Monday 10th February 2014
Last updated: Wednesday 1st April 2015
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Record ID: GLO-BC5B43
Object type: BEAD
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: North Somerset
Workflow stage: Published Find published
Circular amber bead of neat regular shape, a thick sub-oval in cross-section with a central hole drilled down the middle. Amber beads are very difficult to date. They are reasonably common from Bronze Age to Early Medieval contexts, although a Roman date is perhaps the most likely in this instance.
Created on: Friday 31st January 2014
Last updated: Tuesday 14th June 2016
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Cleeve', grid reference and parish protected.


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