HAMP-D11447: Late Bronze Age socketed gouge

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Unique ID: HAMP-D11447

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An incomplete Late Bronze Age (c.1100-650 BC) copper alloy socketed gouge, with wide flaring collar and prominent (but smoothed down) casting flashes.
The collar moulding expands from 18.1mm in diameter to 20.3mm in diameter (internal diameter 15.1mm) over 13.9mm. Below it measures 17.5mm in diameter, narrowing to the relatively straight cutting edge which measures 13.9mm in width and 5.6mm in thickness. The back of the gouge is linearly faceted (eight faces) while the inverted-V shaped groove reaches from the cutting edge to just before the collar moulding.
The metal is a mid-green in colour with a greyish hue, presumably the result of a copper-tin alloy. The patina is smooth and shiny. The gouge measures 87.7mm in length, 19.9mm in max.width, 20.3 in max.thickness and diameter and weighs 65.96g.
It is likely that this tool is from the Wilburton, Ewart Park or Llyn Fawr metalworking phases which correspond to Needham's (1996) Period's 6 - 8.

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 1100 BC
Date to: Circa 650 BC

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 87.7 mm
Width: 19.9 mm
Thickness: 20.3 mm
Weight: 65.96 g
Diameter: 20.3 mm

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Tuesday 8th March 2016 - Tuesday 7th June 2016

Personal details

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Recorded by: Ms Katie Hinds
Identified by: Ms Katie Hinds

Other reference numbers

Other reference: Hampshire Cultural Trust Entry Form WINCM 293

Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy
Completeness: Complete

Spatial metadata

Region: South West (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Wiltshire (Unitary Authority)
District: Wiltshire (Unitary Authority)
Parish or ward: Stockton (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: ST9636
Four figure Latitude: 51.12326854
Four figure longitude: -2.05853319
1:25K map: ST9636
1:10K map: ST93NE
Grid reference source: From finder
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 100 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
General landuse: Cultivated land

References cited

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Recording Institution: HAMP
Created: 2 years ago
Updated: 2 years ago

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