WILT-F6733D: Roman miniature axehead

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Unique ID: WILT-F6733D

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A Roman copper alloy miniature socketed axehead, of Robinson's (1995) type III, probably dating to c. AD 44-410. The miniature axehead is sub-rectangular in cross section tapering to a point ath te cutting edge. In profile the upper edge of the blade is straight, whislt the lower edge expands outwards into the cutting edge following the neck, creating a 'drooping' appearance. An off centre sub-oval depression imitates the socket a the mouth of the axehead.

Dimensions: length 20.2mm; width 8.4mm; thickness 5.4mm; weight 3.18g.

Whilst miniature socketed axeheads have been found in contexts from the Late Bronze Age onwards, Robinson (1995) notes that the majority are most likely Roman, used as votive offerings. Despite retaining a 'socket' he suggests that examples with 'drooping' blades likely immitate contemporary iron axes, classifying such examples as his type 3. This example appears notable in its lack of loop.

Class: Axehead
Sub class: Robinson 1995, Type III

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: ROMAN
Period from: ROMAN
Period to: ROMAN
Date from: Circa AD 44
Date to: Circa AD 410

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 20.2 mm
Width: 8.4 mm
Thickness: 5.4 mm
Weight: 3.18 g

Personal details

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Recorded by: Mr Wil Partridge
Identified by: Mr Wil Partridge

Other reference numbers

Other reference: SSWM 5369

Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy
Completeness: Complete
Surface Treatment: Inlaid with enamel

Spatial metadata

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

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: SU1457
Four figure Latitude: 51.3119438
Four figure longitude: -1.80052457
1:25K map: SU1457
1:10K map: SU15NW
Grid reference source: GPS (from the finder)
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 10 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
General landuse: Cultivated land

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Recording Institution: WILT
Created: 2 months ago
Updated: 2 months ago

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