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Unique ID: GLO-A988FD

Object type certainty: Certain
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A copper alloy palstave axe that has a wide curved blade that has a bevelled forward edge forming the cutting edge. The sides of the blade are concave and taper to the middle of the axe. On both sides a central ridge emanates from behind the cutting edge and travels the length of the blade. The ridge bisects towards its end, forming a Y-shape which terminates at the stop ridge.  The stop ridge is positioned three-quarters of the way down from the blade, from here tapering flanged sides extend towards the rear of the axe.

The surface preservation of the item is exceptional which only modest pitting from corrosion effecting the patina which is the original surface.

This is a Group I: Primary Shield Pattern type and dates to the Middle Bronze Age 1600-1400 BC

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: BRONZE AGE
Period from: BRONZE AGE
Period to: BRONZE AGE
Date from: Circa 1600 BC
Date to: Circa 1400 BC

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 131 mm
Width: 74 mm
Thickness: 33 mm
Weight: 500 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Monday 1st March 2021 - Tuesday 1st June 2021

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Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy
Manufacture method: Cast
Completeness: Complete

Spatial metadata

County or Unitary authority: North Somerset (Unitary Authority)
District: North Somerset (Unitary Authority)
Parish or ward: Dundry (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: ST5566
Four figure Latitude: 51.39124478
Four figure longitude: -2.64813003
1:25K map: ST5566
1:10K map: ST56NE
Grid reference source: From finder
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 1 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
General landuse: Cultivated land
Specific landuse: Character undetermined

References cited

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Created: About one year ago
Updated: 4 months ago

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