Eyes only find, Roman ballista shot?

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Eyes only find, Roman ballista shot?

Post by madproffesor » Sun May 14, 2017 10:26 am

Out the other day for a walk and took the permitted footpath across one of my fields. If you detect in an area that has lots of flints and other stones you'll know they come in all shapes and sizes. This one was on the surface and it is the size of a tennis ball and weighs 14oz and there is a small blind hole. Could it be a ballista shot, tthe have been Roman finds around here.Thanks for looking.
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Re: Eyes only find, Roman ballista shot?

Post by bsabill » Sun May 14, 2017 11:19 am

balls1.JPG
Hi
I have two stone balls found eyes only from the area of a british romano site
one is very much like yours and seems to be made from the same stone and 2 inches in diameter
the other is around 2 1/2 inches and has a drilled hole from each side meeting in the middle
and a grove cut from one hole to the other
i will try and upload a photo
A small river is around 150 yards away and was told they could be for a fishing net
But have no real idea
Bill
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Re: Eyes only find, Roman ballista shot?

Post by beaubrummell » Sun May 14, 2017 2:26 pm

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Re: Eyes only find, Roman ballista shot?

Post by roofwash » Sun May 14, 2017 6:36 pm

I have 2 of those and the fitzwilliam museum say they are fossilzed sponges and would have been used as weapons

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Re: Eyes only find, Roman ballista shot?

Post by madproffesor » Fri May 19, 2017 5:43 pm

bsabill wrote:
Sun May 14, 2017 11:19 am
balls1.JPGHi
I have two stone balls found eyes only from the area of a british romano site
one is very much like yours and seems to be made from the same stone and 2 inches in diameter
the other is around 2 1/2 inches and has a drilled hole from each side meeting in the middle
and a grove cut from one hole to the other
i will try and upload a photo
A small river is around 150 yards away and was told they could be for a fishing net
But have no real idea
Bill
The one with the hole could be a weight, the groove would keep the string? in place. The stone looks similar too mine as you say,. I will get to the FLO and ask him. Thanks for the reply ::g
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Re: Eyes only find, Roman ballista shot?

Post by madproffesor » Fri May 19, 2017 5:45 pm

beaubrummell wrote:
Sun May 14, 2017 2:26 pm
Looks like one to me.

https://www.google.co.uk/search?q=roman ... S8DA24WQZM:
I think your spot on there, the link you sent, if you look at the top left photo it is the same as mine.Thanks for that. ::g
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Re: Eyes only find, Roman ballista shot?

Post by madproffesor » Fri May 19, 2017 5:47 pm

roofwash wrote:
Sun May 14, 2017 6:36 pm
I have 2 of those and the fitzwilliam museum say they are fossilzed sponges and would have been used as weapons
Never gave a fossilised sponge a thought, the surface looks a bit like a sponge. Thanks for your help. ::g
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