NARC-DFF9E8: Middle Bronze Age palstave axe

Rights Holder: Northamptonshire County Council
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Unique ID: NARC-DFF9E8

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A complete Middle Bronze Age looped palstave axehead of cast copper alloy. It has a narrow, square butt, low tapering flanges, slight lip on the stop-ridge with a complete loop adjoining. This descends to a narrow body divided by single midrib that terminates with a slightly flared blade. The artefact has a green-brown patina with areas of green heavy corrosion and chipping on both faces of the blade. This axehead can be classified according to Rowland's scheme as Class 5 Group 1 (Rowland 1976: 34-36), and dates to the Taunton (c. 1400-1200 BC) or Penard phases of the Bronze Age.

Class: Palstave

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: BRONZE AGE
Subperiod from: Middle
Period from: BRONZE AGE
Date from: 1400 BC
Date to: 1150 BC

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 128.3 mm
Width: 53.3 mm
Thickness: 29.2 mm
Weight: 260 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Saturday 1st December 2007

Personal details

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Recorded by: Dr Steven Ashby
Identified by: Dr Steven Ashby

Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy
Manufacture method: Cast

Spatial metadata

Region: East Midlands (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Northamptonshire (County)
District: Daventry (District)
To be known as: Boughton-Moulton

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Audit data

Recording Institution: NARC
Created: 11 years ago
Updated: 7 years ago

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