Description: Roughly shaped bar, part melted. The shape is
undiagnostic, and there are no visible test marks.
Discussion: The shape is not diagnostic, and given its crude
form and partially melted state, it appears more likely to relate to
metal-working than to a bullion economy. The weight does not appear to relate to
a recorded weight system, and it lacks any characteristic test marks. While it
is perfectly possible and even likely that the object may predate 1700, there is
insufficient evidence to argue that this is more likely than not to be the case.
In the absence of any firm dating evidence, it is therefore impossible to state
with any great degree of certainty that it meets the criterion of being 300
years old or more at the time of discovery stipulated by the Treasure Act
(1996). It is therefore my recommendation that this should not be considered
Treasure under the terms of the Act.