Medieval lead tokens

Suggested period: MEDIEVAL

Around 3,000 lead tokens have been recorded on the PAS database as being of medieval date. An informal typology for these exists (Powell 2010). Do PAS finds fit well into this typology? Can they improve it? It has been suggested (for example here) that these tokens may have some link with pilgrimage, or monasteries; do the findspots support this hypothesis? How do the landscape contexts compare with other finds, such as pilgrim badges and ampullae? A larger study might combine the medieval and post-medieval lead tokens, given the difficulty in dating many of them.

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Created by: Helen Geake
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