Mystery Artefact of the Week #2

Many thanks to those who identified the coin from Potton as a Saudi Arabian 10 halala dating to 1972-73 CE (Islamic Year 1392). Following the continuation of a test-pit started at the Peakirk Dig & Sow last month, we have received another mystery find which we wonder whether anyone can help us to identify.  The object came from a context which also had modern roof tile, clay pipe, coal and a sherd of shelly ware. It is approximately 2cm in height and 1cm in diameter.

Please leave a comment on this post with any suggestions you have!

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5 thoughts on “Mystery Artefact of the Week #2

  1. Rob Simpson May 30, 2012 / 3:41 pm

    If the ball moves within the housing, or is able
    to be pushed down via a small spring, it could
    be a rusty door latch?

  2. Laure Bonner May 30, 2012 / 4:00 pm

    Part of a tiny barrel tap?

  3. Sarah June 5, 2012 / 5:56 pm

    What is it made of? Looks like a “cats eye” reflector ??

  4. archaccess June 11, 2012 / 2:25 pm

    Thanks to everyone for the suggestions. Here’s another idea we’ve received by e-mail –

    “Turned up the other way, it looks like the casters in an antique tea table that we have. Depends on the size. The ‘pin’ keeps the ball in the socket.”

  5. John June 12, 2012 / 4:53 pm

    I think the ‘cats-eye’ id is probably correct

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