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Record ID: YORYM-D7DE8F
Object type: KNIFE
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: East Riding of Yorkshire
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An incomplete iron spearhead of medieval date, c.AD 1100 - 1400. The blade is sub-ovate with a hollow tapering socket to the attachment end. The shoulders slope steadily from the blade to the socket. The metal has a corroded red/brown patina and is worn. The object is 76.1mm long, 18.5mm wide, 4.2mm thick and weighs 13.7g.
Created on: Thursday 15th November 2018
Last updated: Friday 16th November 2018
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Record ID: NLM-D633AD
Object type: UNIDENTIFIED OBJECT
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: North Lincolnshire
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Iron unidentified object. A triangle of wrought iron, of possibly rounded section, with an apex formed by the union of the two ends of a narrow bar, turned over at right angles to the plane of the triangle; the section here is squared. This resembles the most primitive form of stirrup, though, as it survives, the object lacks provision for attachment of leathers. The good condition and mass of the object, indicating survival of a metal core, should point to a more recent date. Suggested date: Post-Medieval, 1600-1900 Height: 111mm, Width: 111mm, Thickness: 7.8mm, Weight: 98.85gms
Created on: Thursday 15th November 2018
Last updated: Thursday 15th November 2018
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Low Burnham', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: WAW-98BEE8
Object type: HOB NAIL
Broad period: ROMAN
County: Warwickshire
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Four Roman (c.AD 43 to 409) iron hob nails: All have hemi-sperical heads and a square or rectangular bent shank which forms a 'J' in profile. The shanks taper to a blunt point. They measure between 14.18mm long and 4.48mm. Hobnails were used in Roman footwear, boots and sandals (caligae) were made from three main pieces of leather, the upper sole, lamina and the insole, all three layers were clenched together with hobnails, frequently arranged in patterns, some of which were created to facilitate comfortable walking (Bishop and Coulston: 1993). At Usk (Driel- Murray in Mattingley 1995…
Created on: Monday 12th November 2018
Last updated: Monday 12th November 2018
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Record ID: GLO-45BB7A
Object type: HORSESHOE
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: South Gloucestershire
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A corroded and worn iron horseshoe fragment of a probable Anglo-Saxon date. The fragment consists only one arm of the shoe. This has a wavy outer edge and three punched nail holes. This is a Clack Type 2A which dates to AD1050-AD1250 Clark J. 2004 The Medieval Horse and it's equipment. Page 86, 95-96.
Created on: Thursday 8th November 2018
Last updated: Thursday 15th November 2018
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Record ID: KENT-31B1AB
Object type: KNIFE
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Kent
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A heavily corroded whittle tang iron knife of likely Medieval date, c.1200-1500. Description: The knife has a blade with a diamond cross-section and slightly curved back which becomes more pronounced towards the point. The tang is clearly hammered and rectangular in cross-section. The blade appears to come to an intended point rather than a break so likely extends to its' full length, the tang is les certain and seems a bit short for the length of blade. Much of the detail is obscured either by remaining corrosion or from corrosion damage. The knife remains a dark brown colour where t…
Created on: Wednesday 7th November 2018
Last updated: Thursday 8th November 2018
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Record ID: LIN-19C986
Object type: SEAL MATRIX
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Lincolnshire
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Lead seal matrix. Cast oval or vesica-shaped seal matrix with a moulded fleur de lis , expanded at one end to form a suspension lug. The matrix bears an oval frame with a cross pattée. In the centre of the seal is an incised pointed oval which does not appear to contain a motif, surrounding the pointed oval is an inscription which reads +S'hVGEIL' OH'. The legend is incomplete because the craftsperson seems to have mispelt the inscription. Suggested date: Medieval, 1200-1300. Length: 37 mm, Width: 22 mm, Thickness: 3 mm, Weight: 22.33g
Created on: Tuesday 6th November 2018
Last updated: Thursday 15th November 2018
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Record ID: YORYM-16DB94
Object type: SPUR
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: North Yorkshire
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An incomplete tin plated, iron spur dating to the post medieval period. The spur consists of a curved band, expanded at its centre, from which an oval sectioned projection extends at a right angle. The iron is corroded and the tin plating worn and silver in colour. The spur is 62.5 mm long, 44.3 mm wide and 13.4 mm thick. It weighs 20.9 g.
Created on: Tuesday 6th November 2018
Last updated: Friday 9th November 2018
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Record ID: NLM-841CCA
Object type: HORSESHOE
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: North Lincolnshire
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Iron horseshoe fragment. A curved strip of wrought iron, thicker at its narrower end and thinned as it expands in width, here interpreted as one half of a horseshoe. An angled hole of diameter c.5mm is the only nail-hole now discernible. Fiercely abraded and corroded. Suggested date: Post-Medieval, 1600-1800. Length: 155mm, Thickness: 10.5mm, Width: 27.6mm, Weight: 139.03gms
Created on: Tuesday 30th October 2018
Last updated: Tuesday 30th October 2018
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Winterton', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: NARC-2D8DEE
Object type: KNIFE
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Milton Keynes
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An incomplete iron knife blade of Post Medieval date (AD 1500-1600). The object has a tapering sub-rectangular blade and a whittle tang. The blade is sub-rectangular in section with a slight curve due to post-depositional processes. The tip of the blade and part of the tang are missing and the tip curves down slightly. The metal is a mid-brown in colour and is heavily corroded. Length: 136.33mm, Width: 17.36mm, Thickness: 7.55mm, Weight: 52.9g. Similar examples excavated in London and dated to the 15th - 16th centuries, although this style of knife is very common (Egan 2005: 90-9…
Created on: Friday 26th October 2018
Last updated: Wednesday 7th November 2018
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Record ID: PUBLIC-03AA3C
Object type: HORSESHOE
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Gloucestershire
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An incomplete iron horse shoe of later Medieval or Post Medieval date (1250-1550). The elongated shape of the shoe indicates it was for a rear hoove. The web of the shoe is unusally wide with an arched top to the narrow inner gap. Looking at the ground surface the shoe has lost most of its left hand branch and is heavily corroded giving it an uneven surface. On the left hand side there are three nail holes, all with protuding iron nail heads in place, and positioned opposite, on the broken branch, are two broadly rectanganular nail holes, now filled by corrossion. So the shoe had a 3:3…
Created on: Wednesday 24th October 2018
Last updated: Wednesday 24th October 2018
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Kempley', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: BUC-5F0E22
Object type: ARROWHEAD
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Milton Keynes
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A wrought iron arrowhead of medieval date, AD.1200-1550. The object is formed of a round socket that makes up the majority of the object's length. The tip of the arrowhead has a diamond shaped cross section. There is a slight waist where the tip meets the socket, however, the maximum width of the tip does not exceed that of the socket. Jessop 1996 type M3 Arrowheads of this type are typically 'military' in nature though they would serve equally in hunting. They were produced rapidly and in their thousands particularly during the 15th and early 16th century. They are often termed 'shor…
Created on: Tuesday 16th October 2018
Last updated: Friday 26th October 2018
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Record ID: NMS-F5C55E
Object type: LINCH PIN
Broad period: IRON AGE
County: Norfolk
Workflow stage: Published Find published
Incomplete iron and copper alloy linch pin dating to the peirod c. 100 BC - AD 100. The head is missing. The iron shank is now heavily corroded, the original cross-section indiscernible. The base of the shank fits into a socketed copper alloy foot. Sub-conical in form, traces of a moulded collar are visible at the mouth of the socket under a layer of iron corrosion. Just below, on one side only is a moulded relief ring-and-dot motif. The foot curves along its length and expands into a discoidal terminal. The face of the terminal exhibits a raised circular border expanding in width from…
Created on: Thursday 11th October 2018
Last updated: Tuesday 23rd October 2018
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Record ID: SUR-DF8CC0
Object type: SPUR
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Windsor and Maidenhead
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A fragment of a Post Medieval iron rowel spur. The rowel box is 16.7mm long and sub rectangular in section. The rowel and bar are missing. The sides have a plano convex profile, terminated by breaks.
Created on: Wednesday 10th October 2018
Last updated: Wednesday 10th October 2018
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Record ID: SWYOR-DDFF23
Object type: CANNON BALL
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Sheffield
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A possible Post Medieval iron cannon ball dating from about AD 1500 - 1950. It is a spherical ball of iron. It is 82mm diameter and 4.2kg (4200g). This size and weight does not conform to standard cannon ball measurements, but it could be a non-standard missile. Alternatively, it could also be a ball from a crushing mill, machinery or a bearing from a swiveling piece of machinery such as a crane or gun.
Created on: Wednesday 10th October 2018
Last updated: Wednesday 10th October 2018
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Record ID: FAKL-CBF5F0
Object type: HORSESHOE
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Worcestershire
Workflow stage: Published Find published
Medieval iron horseshoe of Clark's Type 3, dated in London to c.1200-1380 (Clark 2004, 96, Fig. 83). Broad (27.4mm) wide web, each branch ending in a turned calkin, holes rectangular with angled ends. Length 89.6mm, Width 84.6mm, Thickness 9.0mm, Mass 135.03g.
Created on: Tuesday 9th October 2018
Last updated: Friday 19th October 2018
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Record ID: SWYOR-CA48EB
Object type: UNIDENTIFIED OBJECT
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: Rotherham
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Unidentified iron object of unknown date, AD 43 - 1900. A rectangular piece of iron, broken at both ends, and rectangular (nearly square) in cross-section. Thought at first to be part of a penknife, it seems to be one piece of iron surrounded by corrosion products and may be part of the tang of a tool, or many other things. There is no visible decoration. The object is 42.9mm long, 8.2mm wide, 6.7mm at the thickest part and 5.5mm at the thinest. It weighs 7.14g.
Created on: Tuesday 9th October 2018
Last updated: Tuesday 13th November 2018
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Record ID: NLM-B2FE61
Object type: BUCKLE
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Lincolnshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Iron buckle. Rectangular buckle frame, probably of rounded section; if a slight thinning on one long side is a real feature rather than the result of damage or corrosion this may suggest the position of the pin seat. Probably for use with horse harness. Suggested date: Post-Medieval, 1500-1800. Length: 46.8mm, Height: 59.8mm, Thickness: 7.7mm, Weight: 37.04gms
Created on: Monday 8th October 2018
Last updated: Monday 8th October 2018
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Binbrook', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: NLM-B2A981
Object type: WEDGE
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Lincolnshire
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Iron wedge. A wrought iron blade approaching hourglass form, with a broad curved cutting edge, a constriction a little above its midpoint where the profile is slightly thickened, and a flat narrower butt. One side of the blade is thicker towards the cutting edge, with a sharp stepped edge to the thickened part. The straight edge opposite the cutting edge is burred by recurrent impact from the use of the object. This appears to be a tool for cutting wood, possibly in thin slices as with the manufacture of roof shingles, whose manufacture would involve a blade and mallet. The finder kind…
Created on: Monday 8th October 2018
Last updated: Monday 8th October 2018
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Binbrook', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: GLO-77EEEB
Object type: KNIFE
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Gloucestershire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Iron knife. The first portion of the handle is made from solid iron which is octagonal in cross-section and gently expands from the blade for 18mm, after this point the base of a narrow tang (only 6cm remains) prudes from the centre sown that about two thirds of the handle would have been made from an organic substance. Only 10mm of the bladed remains, this is heavily corroded rendering any identification impossible.
Created on: Friday 5th October 2018
Last updated: Friday 5th October 2018
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Cotswolds', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: NLM-5D7B4E
Object type: NAIL
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Lincolnshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Iron possible nail fragment. A curved or twisted square section shank with a four-sided point at one end, and possibly a relict of a T-shaped head at the other. Despite its apparently execrable condition, the mass of the object indicates good survival of a metal core, and hence a relatively recent date. Suggested date: Post-Medieval, 1600-1900. Length (as found): 32.2mm, Thickness (midpoint): 8.1mm, Weight: 10.35gms
Created on: Thursday 4th October 2018
Last updated: Thursday 4th October 2018
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Normanby le Wold', grid reference and parish protected.


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