WMID-6D041B: Late Bronze Age: Socketed Axehead

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Unique ID: WMID-6D041B

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An incomplete cast copper alloy socketed axehead, of possible Late Bronze Age dating (1000 BC to 800 BC).

Probably less than 40% of the socketed axehead is present, consisting of part of the main body, the base of the socket and the blade edge. The fragment is sub rectangular in plan, and triangular in section. The socket is sub-rectangular in shape. Casting ridges are present along one of the sides. The blade edge is rounded and expands out at one side, forming a sharp curve (or hook), the other side shows signs of damage. The blade shows signs of breakage and damage. The cutting edge is still visible on the front of the axehead. There are possible file marks, evidence of sharpening, present on the front of the axehead.

The socketed axehead fragment measures 39.8 mm in length, 40.9 mm wide (at the blade), 34.5 mm wide (at the body), 16.3 mm thick (at the body), 5.02 mm thick (at the blade edge). The remnants of the socket is 26.6 mm deep. It weighs 61.4 g.

The socketed axehead is a mid to dark green colour, with areas of brown colouring, with an uneven surface patina. Abrasion, caused by movement whilst within the plough soil, has resulted in a loss of some of the original surface.

Another example of a Late Bronze Age Socketed Axehead fragment can be found on the database: WMID-EB5248.

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: 39.8 mm
Width: 40.9 mm
Thickness: 16.3 mm
Weight: 61.4 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Sunday 7th September 2014 - Sunday 7th September 2014

Personal details

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Recorded by: Miss Helen Glenn
Identified by: Miss Helen Glenn
Secondary identifier: Miss Teresa Gilmore

Materials and construction

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

Spatial metadata

Region: West Midlands (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Staffordshire (County)
District: Lichfield (District)
Parish or ward: Mavesyn Ridware (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: SK0618
Four figure Latitude: 52.75957418
Four figure longitude: -1.91253021
1:25K map: SK0618
1:10K map: SK01NE
Grid reference source: From finder
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 100 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
Discovery circumstances: Found whilst out using a metal detector

References cited

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Created: 4 years ago
Updated: 4 years ago

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