NMGW-126833: Jet (underside)

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Unique ID: NMGW-126833

Object type certainty: Certain
Workflow status: Published Find published

Bronze casting jet from the production of a South Wales (Stogursey) Type socketed axe of Late Bronze Age date, c. 950-750BC. The casting jet is corroded, but displays the remnants of the characteristic four runners used to produce the South Wales Type axe during the Ewart Park phase of the Late Bronze Age. The upper face of the jet is flat, while the lower face is irregular and concave, with the remnants of the four projections. The jet is of irregular oval shape and does not have a central aperture, it is of a light - mid brown colour with very little of the original surface surviving.


The casting jet was found associated with a ribbed socketed axe blade fragment (NMGWPA 2003.144.1; NMGW-B88605) and is similar in condition and colour to the axe fragment. The four-runner casting technology of the jet may lend further weight to the suggestion that the axe fragment is from a South Wales Type axe. The association of contemporary artefacts suggest the metalwork forms a small hoard deposited during the Late Bronze Age and is therefore likely to constitute Treasure under the revision of the Treasure Act 1996. Four-runner casting jets have recently been identified and recorded in a number of hoard discoveries in South Wales, including the St Nicholas, Cowbridge, and Brigam Farm metalwork hoards. Further recorded examples now in the National Museums & Galleries of Wales Collections have been recovered from St Mellons, Cardiff and the Penwyllt, Ystradgynlais Hoard.

Class: Jet

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 1000 BC
Date to: Circa 800 BC

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 40.5 mm
Width: 33.8 mm
Thickness: 9.9 mm
Weight: 25.6 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Friday 1st August 2003

Personal details

Found by: This information is restricted for your login.
Identified by: Mr Mark Lodwick

Other reference numbers

Other reference: NMGWPA 2003.157.2

Materials and construction

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

Spatial metadata

Region: Wales (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Monmouthshire (Unitary Authority)
District: Monmouthshire (Unitary Authority)
Parish or ward: Llangybi (Community)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: ST3795
Four figure Latitude: 51.650247
Four figure longitude: -2.911991
1:25K map: ST3795
1:10K map: ST39NE
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

References cited

No references cited so far.

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Recording Institution: NMGW
Created: 15 years ago
Updated: About one year ago

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