NMS-15E1DC: Bronze Age Anvil

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Unique ID: NMS-15E1DC

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Bronze Age complex anvil, cast copper alloy, with two beaks/spikes at right-angles. The larger beak/spike is triangular openwork with a gabled work surface on the straight end and a longitudinal swage or groove of V - shaped profile on both sides (Length 53.5mm, Width at straight end 19mm, thickness 13mm). The other beak/spike is collared where it springs from one side of the broad end of the triangular beak, is oval-sectioned and tapers to a point (projects 33mm, width/thickness at collar 14 x 10mm). Surface corroded and pitted. Weighs 43.44 g.

Ehrenberg (1981) listed only 36 examples of Bronze Age anvils from Europe (inc. 4 from Britain) in her catalogue and, although others have been discovered since then, they remain a rare class of object. This example is of complex form with two beaks and a range of work surfaces, see examples illustrated in Ehrenberg (1981) fig.2, although none is openwork.

Later Middle - Late Bronze Age (c.1200-700 BC).

Find of note status

This has been noted as an interesting find by the recorder.

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: BRONZE AGE
Subperiod from: Middle
Period from: BRONZE AGE
Subperiod to: Late
Period to: BRONZE AGE
Date from: Circa 1200 BC
Date to: Circa 701 BC

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 53.5 mm
Thickness: 13 mm
Weight: 43.44 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Thursday 23rd July 2015 - Wednesday 26th August 2015

Personal details

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Recorded by: Mr Steven Ashley
Identified by: Mr Steven Ashley

Other reference numbers

SMR reference number: 60320
Other reference: DDMD082015

Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy
Completeness: Complete

Spatial metadata

County or Unitary authority: Norfolk (County)
District: Breckland (District)
To be known as: Scarning

Spatial coordinates

Grid reference source: GPS (from the finder)
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 1 metre square.

References cited

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Audit data

Recording Institution: NMS
Created: 3 years ago
Updated: 2 years ago

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