IOW-242AF7: IOW-242AF7 Early Bronze Age Flat Axehead

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Unique ID: IOW-242AF7

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An almost complete later Early Bronze Age cast copper-alloy flat axehead (c. 2000-c. 1700 BC).
An almost complete Early Bronze Age cast copper-alloy undecorated developed flat axe (c. 2050 - 1700 BC).
This implement is sub-rectangular in plan and pointed-oval in side view. In plan, the end of the butt is rounded and the sides are parallel and have a width of about 23.0mm and a maximum thickness of 13.17mm. The long side-edges of the axe have been raised to form slight flanges. These seem to have been cast rather than hammer-raised. The septum begins about 44.0mm from the butt where it is slightly bevelled rather than being a stop. At this point it has a thickness of 10.98mm and tapers towards the butt where it is 1.49mm thick. In plan, the blade curves and flares outwards to form a crescent shape. One of the corners of the blade and a small portion of the butt end is missing due to breaks. The cutting edge is evenly curved but slightly asymmetrical.
This axe is corroded and abraded overall and has small patches of a dark green patina. It has active bronze disease. There is no indication of any decoration.
Length: 103.29mm; width: 42.30mm; thickness: 13.17mm. Weight: 158.52g.
The style of this axe fits into the developed flat axes specifically into the division type Aylesford. This type is dated to the Early Bronze Age (EBA phase III), of metalworking tradition phase IV, which corresponds to Needham's (1996) Period 3 circa 2050 - 1700 CAL. BC.

Compare with three axeheads from the Moons Hill Hoard, Totland, Isle of Wight (Gerloff 1975: pl. 49, nos. 9-11). A close parallel is in Devizes Museum (Catalogue of the Neolithic and Bronze Age Collections in Devizes Museum, 52, ref: 299).

Subsequent actions

Current location of find: Finder
Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: BRONZE AGE
Period from: BRONZE AGE
Period to: BRONZE AGE
Date from: Circa 2000 BC
Date to: Circa 1700 BC

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 103.29 mm
Width: 42.3 mm
Thickness: 13.17 mm
Weight: 158.52 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Sunday 5th February 2012

Personal details

Found by: This information is restricted for your login.
Recorded by: Mr Frank Basford
Identified by: Mr Frank Basford
Secondary identifier: Mr Peter Reavill

Other reference numbers

Other reference: IOW2012-1-117

Materials and construction

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

Spatial metadata

Region: South East (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Isle of Wight (Unitary Authority)
District: Isle of Wight (Unitary Authority)
To be known as: Isle of Wight

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
Discovery circumstances: Club rally
Current location: Finder
General landuse: Cultivated land
Specific landuse: Operations to a depth greater than 0.25m

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