KENT-186B0D: Minaiture mattock/axe

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MINIATURE OBJECT

Unique ID: KENT-186B0D

Object type certainty: Certain
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A complete cast copper-alloy socketed axehead of early Iron Age to Roman date (800 BC - AD 410).

Description: The axehead has a lozenge-shaped shaft, which narrows to form the blade. The butt is flat. In profile, the axe flares outwards from the shaft, the top edge rising up slightly before curving downwards, and thye bottom edge of the blade curving downwards to meet the cutting edge. The cutting edge is flat and diagonal. A circular perforation is cut into the shaft The axehead has a smooth suface with a medium grey-green patina.

Measurements: length: 45mm; width: 6.7mm; height: 10.8mm; weight: 8.06g

Discussion: Miniature socketed axeheads can be dated from the Bronze Age/Iron Age transition through to the Roman period. 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. 

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: 45 mm
Height: 10.8 mm
Width: 6.7 mm
Weight: 8.06 g

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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: Kent (County)
District: Dover (District)
Parish or ward: St. Margaret's At Cliffe (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: TR3545
Four figure Latitude: 51.15596759
Four figure longitude: 1.35923813
1:25K map: TR3545
1:10K map: TR34NE
Grid reference source: Generated from computer mapping software
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 1 metre square.

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Recording Institution: KENT
Created: 7 months ago
Updated: 7 months ago

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