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Unique ID: SF-3E3243

Object type certainty: Certain
Workflow status: Published Find published

An incomplete cast copper-alloy palstave axehead dating to the Middle Bronze Age, c. 1500-1150 BC. Only the midsection remains, with the cutting edge, stop-ridge, shoulders and side-flanges broken away in old damage. It is broadly triangular in plan and sub-rectangular in section, being heavily waisted at its mid-section before flaring outwards abruptly to form the lower section and cutting edge of the axehead. On both sides of the object close to its upper truncated edge a small central depression is visible, while heavily worn casting seams are visible on both the sides. The break at the upper section is rather eroded and irregular in nature, while the lower truncation is extremely neat, suggesting that the object may have been chopped up prior to deposition. Preserved in poor condition with an uneven greenish patina demonstrating numerous pits of corrosion, it survives to a length of 56.32mm long, 42.66mm wide at lower edge, 23.19mm wide at upper edge. 12.64mm thick at midpoint. It weighs 137.05g.

A number of palstave axes demonstrating similar central depressions, both looped and unlooped types, are illustrated by Savory (Savory 1980, p. 168, no. 140, p. 170, no. 152). However, due to the fragmentary nature of this piece, it is not able to be ascribed to a specific type-group or metalworking phase.

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


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

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 56.32 mm
Width: 42.66 mm
Thickness: 12.64 mm
Weight: 137.05 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Wednesday 28th December 2016

Personal details

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Recorded by: Mr Alex Bliss
Identified by: Mr Alex Bliss

Materials and construction

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

Spatial metadata

Region: Eastern (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Suffolk (County)
District: St. Edmundsbury (District)
To be known as: Risby

Spatial coordinates

Grid reference source: From finder
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 1 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
General landuse: Cultivated land

References cited

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Updated: 2 years ago

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