Date Made/Found: 80-400 AD
Material and Medium: Lead
Dimensions: Length 66mm, width 19mm
Place Object Found:
Accession Number: 1997.40.4.BR80.132
This lead object was found near the Roman fort of Brough in 1980. It was found in the civilian town or vicus next to the fort.
It is a short strip of lead, with a hole at each end. It may be a type of fishing weight called a net sinker. The weight would be one of several threaded onto the bottom of a small net. A series of floats would be fitted to the top. The combination of weights and floats kept the net upright in the water, increasing the chance of catching something.
Lead is often used for weights because it is naturally heavy. A small offcut or piece of waste lead is all that is needed to make a fishing weight like this. It is thought that the soldiers living at the fort at Brough were involved in the mining and working of lead. If so, such pieces might not be hard to find.