NMS-57569A:

Rights Holder: Norfolk County Council
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Rights Holder: Norfolk County Council
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Rights Holder: Norfolk County Council
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Rights Holder: Norfolk County Council
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SPEARHEAD

Unique ID: NMS-57569A

Object type certainty: Certain
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A complete cast copper alloy socketed spearhead in two foining fragments, of Davis’ (2012) Group 6 (Developed side-looped), Middle Bronze Age, probably a product of the later Arreton, Acton Park, Taunton or early Wilburton metalworking phases (c. 1500 – 1100BC, or Needham’s (1996) Periods 4-5).

The break is across the leaf-shaped blade, it is an old break and patinated the same dark brown colour as the rest of the piece (?water/peat patination), the circular sectioned socket (socket internal dia. 13.5 mm) is still filled with earth and may contain the remnants of the wood shaft of the spear itself, the socket doesn't reach as far as the break though it appears to be quite close to the end of it. Small losses and slight distortion to the edges near the break and the tip is very slightly bent, this bend is most likely from use rather than post depositional damage.

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder

Chronology

Broad period: BRONZE AGE
Subperiod from: Middle
Period from: BRONZE AGE
Subperiod to: Middle
Period to: BRONZE AGE
Date from: Circa 1500 BC
Date to: Circa 1100 BC

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 160 mm
Width: 26 mm
Thickness: 16.5 mm
Weight: 60 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Friday 1st January 2021 - Wednesday 5th May 2021

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Other reference numbers

SMR reference number: 59837
Other reference: INDKB06052021AM

Materials and construction

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

Spatial metadata

Region: Eastern (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Norfolk (County)
District: South Norfolk (District)
To be known as: Hingham

Spatial coordinates


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

References cited

Author Publication Year Title Publication Place Publisher Pages Reference
Davis, R. 2012 The Early and Middle Bronze Age Spearheads of Britain Stuttgart Franz Steiner Verlag

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Recording Institution: NMS
Created: 10 months ago
Updated: 10 months ago

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