This set of seven squat, cylindrical, lead, or lead-alloy, weights was recovered from a single feature.

weights. Image: Archaeological Solutions Ltd
weights. Image: Archaeological Solutions Ltd

The four largest weights have coins set into their tops. It has been suggested that the coins represent the value of a particular measure or commodity. The items are yet to go for conservation and the coins remain, at this time, illegible. However, early indications suggest that they were minted in the 11th or 12th centuries during the reigns of William I or Henry I, although similar designs were used on the coins of the 9th and 10th century kings of East Anglia.

Hopefully, conservation and post-excavation analysis will allow for closer identification and interpretation, perhaps allowing the weights to be identified to one of the old English systems of troy, mercantile, or avoirdupois pounds and ounces.

via: Archaeological Solutions News