NMS-523D79: Late Bronze Age socketed gouge

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Unique ID: NMS-523D79

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Copper Alloy Late Bronze Age socketed gouge. The gouge has a circular mouth (17mm outside diameter) and single raised flanged collar at the opening. In plan it tapers over the majority of its 84.5mm length but flares out in the final 15mm to form a C-shaped cross-section cutting edge. The cutting edge extends back in a V-shaped flute to restore the full circular section around 12mm short of the mouth of the gouge. Casting seams are evident on either side of the gouge which are set in the horizontal plane when the flute is placed uppermost. The socket contains extensive remains of the wooden shaft which at the time of writing is still in situ. The condition of the gouge is good, consisting of a dark brown patina broken by rougher lighter brown patches. Cf a similar less complete example from Great Ellingham in Norfolk, database reference NMS-817C97. The form is consistent with the Ewart Park/ Lyn Fawr phases of the the late Bronze Age. Circa 900-700 BC.

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Broad period: BRONZE AGE
Period from: BRONZE AGE
Period to: BRONZE AGE
Date from: Circa 900 BC
Date to: Circa 700 BC

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 84.5 mm
Diameter: 17 mm

Personal details

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Recorded by: Mr Garry CRACE
Identified by: Mr Garry CRACE

Other reference numbers

SMR reference number: Lincs
Other reference: IND25082017GC

Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy
Secondary material: Wood
Manufacture method: Cast
Completeness: Complete

Spatial metadata

Region: East Midlands (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Lincolnshire (County)
District: East Lindsey (District)
To be known as: Near Horncastle

Spatial coordinates

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

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Recording Institution: NMS
Created: About one year ago
Updated: About one year ago

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