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A Late Bronze Age/Earliest Iron Age complete cast copper alloy socketed axehead of South-Eastern (LBA) or Sompting (EIA) type, of the Ewart Park/Llyn Fawr metalworking tradition. The axehead is wedge-shaped with a square socket at the haft end. Internally the socket tapers and narrows from the mouth to the cutting edge. Externally the axehead expands gently along the body before a very slightly wider flare to the curved but now damaged cutting edge. There is a wide circumferential raised mouth moulding at the socket, with a second much narrower moulding below. To one side of the mouth, just below the wide moulding and interrupting the narrower ridge, a side loop is present with D-shaped cross-section. Casting flashes remain on both sides of the axehead, including on the loop. Both faces of the axehead are decorated with three long narrow ribs, similar in dimensions to the narrower mouth moulding. Much of the surface of the axehead is missing, including the ends of all six ribs.

Class: Sompting

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: BRONZE AGE
Subperiod from: Late
Period from: BRONZE AGE
Subperiod to: Early
Period to: IRON AGE
Date from: Circa 900 BC
Date to: Circa 600 BC

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 116 mm
Width: 47 mm
Thickness: 43 mm
Weight: 275.4 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Saturday 18th October 2014

Personal details

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Recorded by: Mr Neil Henry-Robertson
Identified by: Mr Neil Henry-Robertson
Secondary identifier: Dr Helen Geake

Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy
Completeness: Incomplete

Spatial metadata

Region: South East (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Kent (County)
District: Ashford (District)
Parish or ward: Wye with Hinxhill (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: TR0443
Four figure Latitude: 51.1498912
Four figure longitude: 0.91545159
1:25K map: TR0443
1:10K map: TR04SW
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 100 metre square.

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Created: 4 years ago
Updated: 12 months ago

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