SF-68AB45: Fragment of Middle Bronze Age spearhead

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Unique ID: SF-68AB45

Object type certainty: Certain
Workflow status: Published Find published

A fragment originating from a large socketed and basal looped spearhead of later Middle Bronze Age date (c. 1400-1150 BC) belonging to Davis' group 8; 'elongated spearheads with incorporated basal loops' forms. This object can probably be assigned to the Taunton or Penard metalworking phases. Only the upper section of the spearhead survives, consisting the upper blade and point, probably representing less than a third of the original object. The lower portion of the body, side-loops and socket have been removed by means of a neat old truncation. The upper blade is triangular in plan, with a lozenge-sectioned central midrib and thinned triangular-sectioned blade wings that taper to a now blunted point. The central midrib on both sides of the object is flanked by two oblique linear bevels which converge with the former three-quarters of the way up its surviving length. The spearhead has suffered damage possibly consistent with deliberate destruction, this entailing a sharp bend to its tip. Preserved in relatively good condition with a silvery greyish patina interspersed with patches of green crusty corrosion product, it survives to a length of c.87.82mm (not accounting for the bend), 19.62mm wide at its lower truncated edge by 8.41mm thick at the central midrib, c. 16.26mm wide by 7.58mm thick at its midpoint, and weighs 32.04g.

Though this spearhead is preserved only fragmentarily, it has been possible to assign it to Davis' group 8 based on the convergent bevelling and sheer size of the object-as group 8 pieces tend to be much larger than those of other types, as well as demonstrating more slender blades.

Class: basal-looped of Taunton or Penard metalworking phases
Sub class: Davis Group 8

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: BRONZE AGE
Subperiod from: Middle
Period from: BRONZE AGE
Subperiod to: Middle
Period to: BRONZE AGE
Date from: Circa 1400 BC
Date to: Circa 1150 BC

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 87.82 mm
Width: 19.62 mm
Thickness: 8.41 mm
Weight: 32.04 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Friday 6th July 2018

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: Fragment

Spatial metadata

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

Spatial coordinates

Grid reference source: Generated from computer mapping software
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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