Viking weight or gaming piece

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Object type: Aestel
Period: Anglo-Saxon
Primary material: Bronze
Date found: 21/09/2022
Location: Hambleton, North Yorkshire


A piece of lead which has been inset with a decorated section of copper alloy. The distribution of similar objects suggests that they were manufactured in Danelaw areas and this is dated to AD 850 – 1000. The PAS record notes “It was usual for weights like this to have offcuts of some pretty but not valuable metalwork set in them”. This knot-work motif is unusual and may have an Irish connection. A Find of Note of Regional Importance.