KENT-E1ED25: Copper-alloy axe and ingot fragments

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HOARD

Unique ID: KENT-E1ED25

Object type certainty: Certain
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Treasure report from Ben Roberts:

1. A flat based section of a copper-alloy cake ingot with five sides. The rough pitted surfaces are pale green and brown with metal corrosion and dried earth.
Max length: 59mm; max width: 48mm; weight:1.67g

2. A fragment of a copper-alloy cake ingot fragment with five sides. The rough pitted surfaces are pale green and brown with metal corrosion and dried earth.
Max length: 79mm; max width: 45mm; weight:227.6g

3. A fragment of a copper-alloy cake ingot fragment with five sides. The rough pitted surfaces are pale green and brown with metal corrosion and dried earth.
Max length: 57mm; max width: 40mm; weight:269.7g

4. A fragment of a copper-alloy cake ingot fragment with five sides. The rough pitted surfaces are pale green and brown with metal corrosion and dried earth.
Max length: 100mm; max width: 68mm; weight:824.9g.

5. Fragment of a copper alloy end-winged looped axe which includes the septum and flattened flanges. The colour is mid green and the surface is smooth.
Max length: 66mm; max width: 27mm; Weight: 207.8g

Notes:

All four of the copper-alloy fragments have one or two surfaces which appear to have been deliberately shaped. Their size, weight, colour and form indicate they were part of a Bronze Age plano-convex ingot or 'cake'. The End-winged looped axe fragment dates to the Late Bronze Age, Ewart Park phase (1020-800BC) and is a type present in northern France and southern England (O'Connor 1980, 404, pl 66, no. 17a).


The ingot and axe fragments qualify as Treasure under the stipulations of the Treasure (Designation) Order 2002

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder after being disclaimed as Treasure

Treasure details

Treasure case tracking number: 2009T145

Chronology

Broad period: BRONZE AGE
Subperiod from: Late
Period from: BRONZE AGE
Date from: 1150 BC
Date to: 700 BC

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 5

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Friday 8th February 2008

Personal details

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Recorded by: Miss Jennifer Jackson
Identified by: Miss Jennifer Jackson
Secondary identifier: Mr Ben Roberts

Other reference numbers

Treasure case number: 2009T145

Materials and construction

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

Spatial metadata

Region: South East (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Kent (County)
District: Dover (District)
To be known as: Wingham

Spatial coordinates


Grid reference source: From a paper map
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 100 metre square.

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Audit data

Recording Institution: KENT
Created: 10 years ago
Updated: 6 years ago

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