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    • Period from: BRONZE AGE
    • Primary material: Jet or Shale

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Record ID: SWYOR-75026D
Object type: UNIDENTIFIED OBJECT
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: Nottinghamshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A uniface, lozenge-shaped, artefact with one axis slightly longer than the other, made from jet (or possibly shale), of unknown date. The upper face of the lozenge is decorated with narrow, incised grooves forming an unintelligable design. The design consists of a pair of closely spaced lines, beginning in the angle at one end of the shorter axis. If this angle is considered to be the right hand end of the short axis they then form a horizontal left-hand loop that curves back, passes beneath itself then forms a smaller loop at the upper right side before passing beneath itself again a…
Created on: Tuesday 28th July 2015
Last updated: Wednesday 29th July 2015
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Blyth', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: LANCUM-060825
Object type: DEBITAGE
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Lancashire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Two fragments of jet and one fragment of cremated bone. Associated with a cremation probably human from a Bronze Age cairn. The length is 18-22mm, and the width is 12-20mm and the thickness is 4-8mm and the weight is 2.89g. The two pieces of jet that display signs of artificial fracture and were probably originally from Whitby. Age of production difficult to determine but possibly Bronze Age. Associated with LANCUM-06AA41, LANCUM-0633E7, LANCUM-0788A0, LANCUM-060825.jpg, LANCUM-064172 and LANCUM-069462.
Created on: Tuesday 17th December 2013
Last updated: Tuesday 7th July 2015
Spatial data recorded.


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Record ID: LANCUM-AF6483
Object type: BEAD
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Cumbria
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Large spacer bead made from black jet or shale, probably dating from the Early Bronze Age period, that is circa 2000BC. The bead is very large and shows secondary working. Both primary and secondary worked edges are worn smooth. It is convex in profile which suggestes that it started off as a large oval bead with a circular cross-section and a single perforation along its long axis. It is possible that it broke in two when the long perforation was drilled. After splitting into 2+ pieces, two more holes were drilled, each one towards one the bead's short edges. These holes are also ver…
Created on: Wednesday 29th June 2011
Last updated: Friday 22nd April 2016
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Ravenstonedale', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: DUR-CE9A94
Object type: BEAD
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: North Yorkshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Jet bead, of uncertain date. It is sub-circular in plan with a central circular hole. The edges are rounded. Lindsay Allason-Jones of Newcastle University has looked at this item and confirmed that it is jet. However she comments that it is impossible to date a generic bead of this type when found out of context, it could have been made in any time from the Bronze Age onwards.
Created on: Wednesday 25th May 2011
Last updated: Wednesday 1st June 2011
Spatial data recorded.


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Record ID: KENT-A5B841
Object type: BEAD
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Kent
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
An Early Bronze Age jet or shall terminal bead from a spacer plate ornament, c.2000 BC. The bead is trapezoidal in shape and sub-rectangular in cross section. There is a circular drilled perforation at the pointed terminal though which single thread would be attached. The are three further circular perforations on the reverse surface which travel though the bead at approximately 45 degrees and emerge on the bottom edge. A separate thread would be attached to each hole allowing three strings of beads to emerge from the spacer bead. The upper surface is decorated with lines of punched …
Created on: Tuesday 17th August 2010
Last updated: Thursday 18th November 2010
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'BOUGHTON MONCHELSEA', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: ESS-F28866
Object type: BEAD
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Essex
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
An incomplete 'jet' bead of possible bronze age date. A broken fusiform bead, approximately half the original surviving. The bead is now 12.2mm in length and with a variable diameter at the widest part, from 12.1 - 12.4 mm. It is highly polished. The surviving end has a flat sub-circular face 6.5 mm in diameter, with a central perforation. This perforation tapers from 3.1 mm at the surviving end face, to 2.2mm at the break. It is not clear whether the perforation is expanding from a central minimum at or near the break, therefore it cannot be said with any confidence that the perforati…
Created on: Tuesday 1st August 2006
Last updated: Thursday 24th February 2011
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Fyfield area', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SF-16FCD2
Object type: FINGER RING
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Suffolk
Workflow stage: Published Find published
An incomplete jet or shale possible finger ring. Roughly half of this possible finger ring now survives due to old breaks. This surviving half itself is in two parts, due to a recent glassy looking break. From the surviving part of the ring it is clear that the external diameter is c31mm and the internal diameter is c20.6mm. The cross-section is roughly triangular with a flat circumferencial ridge around the outer face where the third point of a triangle would be. This object is possibly a Roman finger ring, especially as it was found in the plough soil in an area whi…
Created on: Thursday 17th June 2004
Last updated: Thursday 24th February 2011
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Sweffling', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: LANCUM-46FBD2
Object type: BEAD
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Cumbria
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Jet bead, possibly dating to the Bronze age. The bead is 'fusiform' in shape (barrel-shaped). Through the ends of the beads it has been drilled by hand, meeting each other at in the middle, there is evidence of rough drilling on each end.
Created on: Monday 7th June 2004
Last updated: Thursday 24th February 2011
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Record ID: SF-746732
Object type: BEAD
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Suffolk
Workflow stage: Published Find published
A complete shale or possibly jet bead. This bead is circular in plan and measures 19mm in diameter, its sides flare outwards in its centre. One side of the bead is a lot thicker than the other measuring 11mm, the other side is only 6mm thick. The wider side is most likely to have been the front face of the bead. This bead has a circular perforation which is off centre and worn, it measures 7mm in diameter. This bead is a rare discovery in very good condition. It is early Bronze Age in date and similar to a shale bead discovered in Wiltshire (Annable and Simpson 1964, 117, no 498), exa…
Created on: Thursday 4th September 2003
Last updated: Thursday 7th January 2016
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'bentley', grid reference and parish protected.


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