1971.30.5

Wooden box [.2] with metal hinged lid containing die [.1] & 23 medallions (for excavations) [.3 - .25]. [FB 10/04/2014]

Place details: EUROPE. UK / England Wiltshire. Cultural Group: European English Local Name: Unknown. Materials: Metal / Wood Plant / Brass Metal / ?. Processes: Carved / Forged (Metal) / Stamped / ?. Maker: Unknown Field Collector: Unknown When Collected: By 1971 Other Owners: Augustus Henry Lane Fox Pitt Rivers, Alexander Edward Lane Fox Pitt-Rivers, George Henry Lane Fox Pitt-Rivers, PRM Source: Michael Augustus Lane-Fox Pitt-Rivers and George Anthony Lane-Fox Pitt-Rivers Acquired: Loaned 1971

KEYWORD: Medal / Box / Stamp / Tool / CLASS: Insignia / Box / Tool / ?.

Publications history, trails & websites: See 'Tiles Can Tell Tales Centuries Later', by Alan Ferg, in The Petroglyph: Newsletter of the Arizona Archaeological Society, Vol. XXXIX, no. 8 (April 2003), pp. 1, 3; 'Tiles to Identify Previous Excavations', by Alan Ferg, in Arizona Archaelogical Council Newsletter, Vol. XXVII, no. 1 (spring 2003), pp. 11-12; and 'Testing Tile Technology', by Alan Ferg, in Glyphs: The Monthly Newsletter of the Arizona Archaeological and Historical Society, Vol. LIV, no. 2 (August 2003), pp. 4-5. In each case Ferg provies a brief account of the medallions. In the latter two, he illustrates one. Copies of all three articles and related correspondence in RDF. [JC 12 9 2003]

Illustrated in colour as Figure 11.12 on page 255 of 'Later Prehistoric and Roman Europe', by Joshua Pollard and Dan Hicks, in World Archaeology at the Pitt Rivers Museum: A Characterization, edited by Dan Hicks and Alice Stevenson (Oxford: Archaeopress, 2013), pp. 240-261. Caption (same page): 'Figure 11.12 Unused example of General Pitt-Rivers' 'medalets', which he had specifically crafted for date-stamping and placement in his excavation trenches before back-filling (PRM Accession Number 1971.30.5).'. [MJD 24/06/2014]

Research notes: Wesley Jacobs, Helen Jacobs from the Bullpen, Steve Hurst, sculptor and foundry owner and Daniel Hunt from Kansas State University undertook a research visit on Tuesday 18 October 2011. The following comments were recorded about this object: The medallions look like they are made of copper. Copper is a soft metal to stamp. They may be copper alloy but adding any metal to copper will make it harder. [MJD 24/10/2011]