NMS-0DF2A3: Medieval Mace

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Unique ID: NMS-0DF2A3

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Fragment of medieval copper alloy mace-head, part of the top edge with one beak-like knop of sub-triangular cross-section (cf. Evans 1881, 271, fig. 341). The inner edge of the top projects inwards, so that the handle would have held in position. Knopped copper alloy maces may have had a ceremonial rather than a bellicose function. Their origin was in eastern Europe in the 9th century and they may have come to Britain and Ireland through Viking influence (A. Daubney in Geake, H. 2005, 334-7). Diameter (exluding knop) c.27mm. Length of knop 14mm. 11th - 14th century.

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: MEDIEVAL
Period from: MEDIEVAL
Period to: MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 1066
Date to: Circa AD 1400

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Diameter: 27 mm

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Monday 14th January 2013 - Monday 14th January 2013

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Other reference numbers

SMR reference number: 39892
Other reference: KLMD012013

Materials and construction

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

Spatial metadata

Region: Eastern (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Norfolk (County)
District: King's Lynn and West Norfolk (District)
Parish or ward: Sedgeford (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: TF7037
Four figure Latitude: 52.903547
Four figure longitude: 0.526214
1:25K map: TF7037
1:10K map: TF73NW
Grid reference source: GPS (from the finder)
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 1 metre square.

References cited

Author Publication Year Title Publication Place Publisher Pages Reference
Evans, J. 1881 The Ancient Bronze Implements, Weapons and Ornaments of Great Britain and Ireland London Longmans, Green & Co 271 fig. 341
Geake, H. 2005 Medieval Britain and Ireland in 2004: Portable Antiquities Scheme report Leeds Maney 334-7

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Created: 9 years ago
Updated: 9 years ago

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