ESS-7EC2A4: ESS-7EC2A4 casting waste

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Unique ID: ESS-7EC2A4

Object type certainty: Certain
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A cast copper alloy loop probably from a bucket or cauldron of Bronze Age date. It looks too rounded to be a loop from a socketed axehead. Also axeheads with loops were cast in one piece whereas this looks as if it had been soldered on. The loop is D-shaped in section and 6.74mm thick. The object is 23.74mm long and 18.94mm wide and weights 19g. It would have held a handle for the sheet copper alloy vessel.

cf Langmaid 1976, 'Bronze Age Metalwork in England and Wales', page 58, no. 24.

Class: loop

Subsequent actions

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Broad period: BRONZE AGE
Date from: Circa 2150 BC
Date to: Circa 800 BC

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 23.74 mm
Width: 18.94 mm
Thickness: 6.74 mm
Weight: 19 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Friday 1st January 2010 - Friday 30th April 2010

Personal details

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Recorded by: Laura McLean
Identified by: Laura McLean
Secondary identifier: Kate Orr

Materials and construction

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

Spatial metadata

Region: Eastern (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Essex (County)
District: Colchester (District)
To be known as: Birch CP

Spatial coordinates

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

Discovery metadata

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

References cited

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Audit data

Recording Institution: ESS
Created: 8 years ago
Updated: 8 years ago

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