SF-07E34B: Late Iron Age votive miniature socketed axe

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MINIATURE OBJECT

Unique ID: SF-07E34B

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A complete cast copper-alloy miniature 'votive' socketed axehead dating to the late Iron Age or early Roman periods, c. 200 BC-AD 100. The axe realistically takes the form of a Late Bronze Age socketed axe, demonstrating a moulded socket collar (though the socket itself is not rendered), thickset body and widely splayed blade. On one side of the axe head near the socket is a projecting circular loop, now clogged with ferrous corrosion product that may denote the remains of a suspension ring. Preserved in fair condition despite being somewhat encrusted, it measures 23.82mm in length, 9.55mm wide across the socket by 5.39mm thick, 8.36mm wide by 4.13mm thick at its midpoint and 19.69mm thick where the blade splays out to its widest point. It weighs 6.21g.

Miniature socketed axes such as this example are unique to Britain, being found in mainly Roman contexts. However, a smattering of examples discovered within securely Iron Age deposits suggests they have an early origin and may have been retained as 'heirloom' amuletic items. Study by Robinson and Farley (1995, 2011) has found that they are frequently discovered in association with temple/shrine sites and rural religious locales.

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Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder

Chronology

Broad period: IRON AGE
Subperiod from: Late
Period from: IRON AGE
Subperiod to: Early
Period to: ROMAN
Date from: Circa 200 BC
Date to: Circa AD 100

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 23.82 mm
Width: 8.36 mm
Thickness: 4.13 mm
Weight: 6.21 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Saturday 29th September 2018

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Materials and construction

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

Spatial metadata

Region: Eastern (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Suffolk (County)
District: Forest Heath (District)
To be known as: Freckenham

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Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
General landuse: Cultivated land

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