SF-213622: Late Bronze Age Socketed Axehead

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Unique ID: SF-213622

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A very worn, incomplete and corroded cast copper-alloy socketed axehead of Bronze Age date. The blade end of the axe survives, as well as part of the socket, the remainder of the object now missing due to old breaks. It is rectangular in form and triangular in section, tapering towards the cutting edge. The preserved socket is rectangular and narrows towards the cutting edge, which flares at either side to produce a crescentic cutting edge that is heavily corroded and incomplete. The entire object shows signs of extensive pale green copper-alloy corrosion, as well as post-depositional damage to all surfaces that has resulted in much of the exterior areas of the axe being removed. It measures 55.05mm in width (at cutting edge), 34.92mm in length, 13.85mm in maximum thickness, and weighs 57.50g. This is an incomplete socketed axehead of Late Bronze Age date, c.1150-800 BC.

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: BRONZE AGE
Subperiod from: Late
Period from: BRONZE AGE
Subperiod to: Late
Period to: BRONZE AGE
Date from: Circa 1150 BC
Date to: Circa 800 BC

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 34.92 mm
Width: 55.05 mm
Thickness: 13.85 mm
Weight: 57.5 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Thursday 8th October 2009

Personal details

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Recorded by: Dr Andrew Brown
Identified by: Dr Andrew Brown

Materials and construction

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

Spatial metadata

Region: Eastern (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Suffolk (County)
District: Suffolk Coastal (District)
To be known as: Falkenham

Spatial coordinates

Grid reference source: GPS (from the finder)
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 1 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
General landuse: Cultivated land
Specific landuse: Character undetermined

References cited

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Created: 8 years ago
Updated: 8 years ago

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