Artefacts

The artefacts shown here were all kindly donated to Tyne Riverside Country Park by their finder, Kevin Whelan, who had permission to search on the land where they were found. Please do not search for battlefield artefacts, either on public or private land, without first seeking the permission of the landowner and seeking expert archaeological advice.

A collection of canon balls from the battle ground
Cannon balls. All of these have been found around the river banks in the area of the battle. As you can see, they vary greatly in size – in the centre is a £1 coin for scale. They are all made from stone apart from the smallest one, which is lead.

A canon ball next to a pound coin
One of the larger stone cannon balls.

A buckle from the battle field
A buckle found on the river bank.

An image of a button with an ebosed designAn image of a button with an eye loopA button with a star shaped emblem and a light coloured borderA rear of a buttonFront of a buttonA stone button
Buttons found on the river bank.

A large collection of buttons found on the banks of the river Tyne.
A collection of buttons, buckles and studs found on the banks of the river Tyne in the area of the battle of Newburn.. Although these are undoubtedly old, it is not possible to say that all of these date from the battle. However, they do have a military style.

A collection of coins from the battle field
A collection of coins from the battlefield.

A close up of a coin, showing a rose designClose up of a coint showing a thistle
Close up of coin, showing rose design.

A flint shape for use in a musketA collection of flints
Flints shaped for use in flintlock muskets. Most of the muskets used in the battle of Newburn would have been the older, matchlock type. Flintlock muskets would then have been the latest thing, and could only be afforded by officers. The flint was used in a hammer action to ignite the gunpowder.

A lead cannon ball roughly about the size of a pound coin
A musket ball, with £1 for scale.

A collection of musket and pistol balls
Like cannon balls, musket balls varied in size.

A collection 50 or more musket and pistol balls
A collection of musket balls all made of lead.

A cap from a powder flask - side viewA cap from a powder flask - top view
A cap from a powder flask (top and side views)  These small flasks were worn by musketeers on a Bandolier across the body.

the reverse of the Scots coin with a thistleA coin with a thistle on it
A coin from the battle field showing a thistle.

Snake belt type clasp
Snake belt type clasp.  This type of clasp has been in use for centuries- this may be a modern one but could date back to the battle.