SF-472C93: Metal working debris

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Unique ID: SF-472C93

Object type certainty: Certain
Workflow status: Published Find published

1: A large and nebulous lump of cast copper-alloy metal working debris. Measuring c57mm by c35mm in size and c22mm in thickness. One face is smooth and the other rougher to the touch.
2: A small rectangular fragment of cast copper-alloy metal working debris, measuring 21.4mm in length and 11.2mm in width.
3: A cast copper-alloy fragment, roughly rectangular in shape measuring 39.8mm in length and 28.6mm in width. The fragment is flat with one longitudinal edge curved over. There is a copper-alloy rivet through it near to one edge. This fragment is likely to be metal working debris as it is distorted due to being heated to a high temperature, presumably for re-use.

Although these three fragments of metal working debris were discovered in the same area of the field as a fragment of a socketed Bronze Age axehead there is no way of knowing if they are in fact Bronze Age in date too. The finds were in the plough soil and therefore have no archaeological context which can be used to date them accurately. It is therefore only possible to say that they could date from the Bronze Age to the post-medieval period.

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: BRONZE AGE
Period from: BRONZE AGE
Date from: Circa 1500 BC
Date to: Circa AD 1650

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 3

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Friday 1st January 1999 - Thursday 1st January 2004

Personal details

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Recorded by: Miss Faye Minter
Identified by: Miss Faye Minter

Other reference numbers

Other reference: Finders reference: 7

Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy
Completeness: Fragment

Spatial metadata

Region: Eastern (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Suffolk (County)
District: Mid Suffolk (District)
To be known as: Thornham Magna

Spatial coordinates

Grid reference source: From a paper map
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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Created: 14 years ago
Updated: 8 years ago

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