LON-B60A98: A Middle Bronze Age copper alloy palstave axe (1500 – 1400BC)

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Unique ID: LON-B60A98

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A Middle Bronze Age copper alloy palstave axe (1500 – 1400BC). From the flat butt of this palstave there is an expanded flange on each side that extend 70mm down the length towards the cutting edge. In between the two flanges is a flat groove ‘septum’ with a stop ridge across the width where the ends of the prongs of the wooden handle would rest to haft the palstave to the handle. The stop ridge prevents the butt of the palstave from splitting the handle. Just below the stop ridge at the top of the blade is a semi-circular ridge with central double ribs forming a ‘shield-pattern’. The blade then expands to the curved cutting edge which is bevelled for sharpness. The copper alloy has a rough mid-pale green patina; there is some surface and edge damage. This palstave is very similar to examples from the “Acton Park” axe-industry that emerged at the beginning of the Middle Bronze Age in north Wales (Savory 1980:45-6). Dimensions: length: 165.68mm; width of cutting edge: 64.01mm; thickness: 27.25mm; weight: 400.36g. Reference: Savory, H. N. 1980. Guide Catalogue of Bronze Age Collections. National Museum of Wales, Cardiff. CSP Printing of Cardiff.

Class: Palstave

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: BRONZE AGE
Subperiod from: Middle
Period from: BRONZE AGE
Subperiod to: Middle
Period to: BRONZE AGE
Date from: 1500 BC
Date to: 1400 BC

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 165.68 mm
Width: 64.01 mm
Thickness: 27.25 mm
Weight: 400.36 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Friday 1st August 2008

Personal details

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Recorded by: Mrs Kate Sumnall
Identified by: Mrs Kate Sumnall

Materials and construction

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

Spatial metadata

Region: Eastern (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Hertfordshire (County)
District: East Hertfordshire (District)
Parish or ward: Buntingford (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: TL3429
Four figure Latitude: 51.94337
Four figure longitude: -0.05192
1:25K map: TL3429
1:10K map: TL32NW
Grid reference source: From a paper map
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 1 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
General landuse: Cultivated land
Specific landuse: Operations to a depth greater than 0.25m

References cited

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Recording Institution: LON
Created: 10 years ago
Updated: 8 years ago

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