WAW-C4A5F5: Bronze Age Chisel (profile, upper view, profile, underside and blade tip) possibly

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CHISEL

Unique ID: WAW-C4A5F5

Object type certainty: Possibly
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This is a possible chisel or awl. It is made from cast copper. The tool has a rectangular section. Three quarters of the length of the tool gradually tapers towards the terminal. This terminal is thought to be the blade. In profile it has a ‘>’ shape which Phil Watson (Principle Curator, Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery) suggests it may have been used as a chisel rather than an awl. The last quarter of the tool quickly tapers to a blunt point. The corners are rounded compared to the sharp corners on the rest of the tool. This final quarter also has a different corrosion pattern to the majority of the surface. The majority of the surface has traces of a dark green patina, otherwise it is a matte mottled brown/green colour. The final quarters’ surface is a light powdery green with patches of orange stains. This is probably the tang for the handle, and the thickening approximately a quarter from the handle terminal is probably where the handle was wedged in place. The chisel measures 65.29mm long, 9.23mm wide and 7.32mm thick. It weighs 22.61g. The chisel is possibly Bronze Age, if it is, the dating may be narrowed to the early Middle Bronze Age, c. 1500 to 1300 BC.

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder

Chronology

Broad period: BRONZE AGE
Period from: BRONZE AGE
Date from: Circa 1500 BC
Date to: Circa 1300 BC

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 65.29 mm
Width: 9.23 mm
Thickness: 7.32 mm

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Sunday 1st January 2006 - Thursday 26th January 2006

Personal details

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Recorded by: Ms Angie Bolton
Identified by: Mr. Phil Watson
Secondary identifier: Mr Peter Reavill

Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy
Manufacture method: Cast

Spatial metadata

Region: Eastern (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Hertfordshire (County)
District: Dacorum (District)
Parish or ward: Berkhamsted (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: SP9518
Four figure Latitude: 51.852518
Four figure longitude: -0.622122
1:25K map: SP9518
1:10K map: SP91NE
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 1000 metre square.

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Created: 12 years ago
Updated: 7 years ago

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