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Early Medieval (400AD - 1099AD)

Craft, industry and trade

Metalworking mould, Whithorn

Period:
Early Medieval
Description:

This is one of a number of stone moulds found in the early (seventh-eighth century) levels at Whithorn.  It was used for casting metal ingots - probably gold, silver and lead - which were then used in specialist and precious metal workshops.  A contemporary gold ingot is shown against one of the mould depressions.

 

Rectangular stone block with two rectilinear bar moulds for ingot casting carved into one face.

 

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Place of Production:
probably Whithorn, Wigtownshire
Materials/Media:
fine grained sandstone
Dimensions:
length 145mm, width 85mm, height 50mm
Source:
The Whithorn Trust
Accession number:
WIWMS Whit SE45.5
Digital Number:
WTMI002n
Copyright:
Dumfries & Galloway Council