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Unique ID: SF-9DAF64

Object type certainty: Certain
Workflow status: Published Find published

Description: A hoard of seven Late Bronze Age fragments, including one socketed axe fragment, one possible blade fragment and five fragments of metalworking debris.

The axe fragment comes from the mouth and socket. It is curved in profile and there is a raised rim across the outer face of the socket end. There is a casting seam running along the centre of the outer face, suggesting that it comes from the side of the axe.

The fragment of blade come from the central mid-section and the outer edges are missing. It is hexagonal in cross-section with a flattened central section and inwards sloping edges on both faces. The fragment is too undiagnostic to assign to a type.

The fragments of metalworking debris cannot be identified as part of any specific object and all are heavily corroded and worn

Date: Late Bronze Age (Wilburton to Ewart Park phase, c.1150 - 800 BC, probably Ewart Park phase, c.1000 - 800 BC)


Socketed axe fragment: Length: 24.11mm, width; 17.47mm, thickness: 6.42mm, weight: 8.84g

Blade fragment: Length|: 28.50mm, width: 16.27mm, thickness: 4.00mm, weight: 6.66g

Metal working debris:

1. Length: 67.34mm, width: 56.99mm, thickness: 27.84mm, weight:

2. Length: 43.19mm, width: 44.01mm, thickness: 36.07mm, weight:

3. Length: 47.34mm, width: 35.00mm, thickness: 24.52mm, weight: 87.16g

4. Length: 45.91mm, width: 40.35mm, thickness: 22.74mm, weight: 141.05g

5. Length: 38.33mm, width: 28.34mm, thickness: 16.52mm, weight: 77.73g

Discussion: The fragment of socketed axe suggests a Late Bronze Age date. The fragments of metalworking debris both lack any diagnostic features, but given their proximity to the other two fragments it is highly probable that they are of a similar date and were deposited together with it. As a result the group seems likely to constitute a small hoard.

Although the objects are base metal, they are all of prehistoric date and were found together. Consequently the group qualifies as Treasure under the stipulations of the Treasure Act 1996.

By Anna Booth SCCAS June 2016

Checked: Neil Wilkin, Curator, The British Museum, January 2018

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder after being disclaimed as Treasure

Treasure details

Treasure case tracking number: 2016T635


Broad period: BRONZE AGE
Period from: BRONZE AGE
Period to: BRONZE AGE

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 7

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Tuesday 1st March 2016

Personal details

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Recorded by: Ms Anna Booth
Identified by: Ms Anna Booth

Other reference numbers

Treasure case number: 2016T635

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: Babergh (District)
To be known as: Stoke by Nayland

Spatial coordinates

Grid reference source: Generated from computer mapping software
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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