SF-710E8E: Possible metal working debris

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Unique ID: SF-710E8E

Object type certainty: Certain
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A fragment of cast copper-alloy metal working debris of uncertain date. It is triangular in form and section, terminating on at least two sides in old breaks. All surfaces are extremely worn, with only traces of a dark green/brown patina surviving. It measures 25.33mm in length, 14.87mm in width, 9.03mm in thickness, and 8.63g in weight. The precise function of this fragment remains uncertain. Its form is similar to the corners/edges of Bronze Age objects, such as socketed axes, and it is not implausible that this is a fragment from the corner of a cutting edge/blade. However, its poor preservation and breaks make this identification problematic and it might equally be a small fragment from a cooking vessel of later date, or simply waste product from metal working processes. It can therefore only losely be dated to the Bronze Age or later periods.

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: UNKNOWN
Period from: BRONZE AGE

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 25.33 mm
Width: 14.87 mm
Thickness: 9.03 mm
Weight: 8.63 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Monday 1st September 2014

Personal details

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Recorded by: Dr Andrew Brown
Identified by: Dr Andrew Brown

Materials and construction

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

Spatial metadata

Region: Eastern (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Suffolk (County)
District: Suffolk Coastal (District)
To be known as: Framlingham

Spatial coordinates

Grid reference source: GPS (from the finder)
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 10 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
General landuse: Cultivated land
Specific landuse: Character undetermined

References cited

No references cited so far.

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Audit data

Recording Institution: SF
Created: 4 years ago
Updated: 4 years ago

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