Ketton Founders Hoard
These late Bronze Age looped and socketed axes make up part of the Ketton ‘founders’ hoard. Containing 16 axes in total, along with a socketed knife or dagger and a fragment of casting scrap. It is believed to be the hidden stock of a travelling bronze founder. The Hoard was found in 1972 during works at Ketton Portland Cement Company Works and donated to the Museum Service.
When it was found Prehistoric base metal hoards were not considered Treasure. In 2003 the new Treasure Act was amended to include this category. Since then many hoards have been found and acquired by museums and such hoards are revolutionising our knowledge of Bronze Age metal work and society.
The dagger can be seen at Rutland County Museum
For more info on the Treasure Act to go finds.org.uk/treasure