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MINIATURE OBJECT

Unique ID: SUR-81078B

Object type certainty: Certain
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A miniature copper alloy cast socketed Axe Pendant of early Iron Age to Roman date (800 BC - AD 410), 22.2mm in length. The axehead has a narrow body, with a slightly flared blade with a curved edge. The side loop is partially integral within the line of the body. The socket is sub rectangular and hollow. There is no decoration. Cf. Bliss (2020) Class C1/C2.

Notes:

Miniature socketed axeheads can be dated from the Bronze Age/Iron Age transition through to the Roman period, though a date towards the earlier end of the spectrum is more likely. They probably functioned as amulets or votive offerings and are particularly associated with the sites of shrines, where they were either deposited or acquired as votive items. 

Class: Socketed axehead

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder

Chronology

Broad period: IRON AGE
Period from: IRON AGE
Period to: ROMAN
Date from: Circa 800 BC
Date to: Circa AD 410

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 22.2 mm
Width: 7.7 mm
Thickness: 3.9 mm
Weight: 2.64 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Saturday 1st May 2021

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Materials and construction

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

Spatial metadata

Region: South East (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Hampshire (County)
District: East Hampshire (District)
Parish or ward: Alton (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: SU7238
Four figure Latitude: 51.13675443
Four figure longitude: -0.97228396
1:25K map: SU7238
1:10K map: SU73NW
Grid reference source: From finder
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 1 metre square.

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Recording Institution: SUR
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Updated: 9 months ago

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