SWYOR-856181: Mace

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Unique ID: SWYOR-856181

Object type certainty: Probably
Workflow status: Published Find published

Part of a perforated stone mace head or pebble hammer. It was broken in antiquity irregularly through the shaft hole, which is cylindrical and approximately 12 - 15mm in diameter. The shaft hole has been drilled from each side, meeting about halfway across, with the second bore slightly misaligned. The stone is heavily weathered and pitted, as well as cracked. It is almost lozenge shaped in section and a pointed oval in plan. The stone is probably quartzite and is a light yellow grey colour.

An important clue to its age is given by the fact that the shaft hole is drilled and not pecked (which gives an hour glass shaped perforation), implying the use of a metal drill, probably of copper or bronze, and using sand as an abrasive. This dates production at its earliest to the Early or Middle Bronze Age, which is confirmed by the discovery of similar examples in association with Bronze Age contexts (compare NMS-634A82).

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


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

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 65.41 mm
Width: 44.61 mm
Thickness: 40 mm
Weight: 121.82 g

Personal details

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Recorded by: Ms Amy Downes
Identified by: Ms Amy Downes
Secondary identifier: Mr Jason Dodds

Other reference numbers

Other reference: PAS form number 1731

Materials and construction

Primary material: Stone
Manufacture method: Ground/polished
Completeness: Incomplete

Spatial metadata

Region: Yorkshire and the Humber (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Doncaster (Metropolitan District)
District: Doncaster (Metropolitan District)
Parish or ward: Sykehouse (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: SE6417
Four figure Latitude: 53.645603
Four figure longitude: -1.033334
1:25K map: SE6417
1:10K map: SE61NW
Grid reference source: From a paper map
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 10 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Agricultural or drainage work
General landuse: Cultivated land

References cited

No references cited so far.

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Audit data

Recording Institution: SWYOR
Created: 6 years ago
Updated: 4 years ago

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