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Unique ID: WMID-C17B89

Object type certainty: Certain
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Late Bronze Age socketed chisel made from copper alloy. At it's widest point it is 28.24mm and 55.68mm long. Though similar in appearance to socketed Palstave axes, the small size of this object would suggest that function as a chisel is far more likely.

The item has a socketed shaft, with two aligned perforations near the top of the shaft on either side. The socketed shaft tapers to a band and then flares into a sub triangular head that gradually thins to a cutting edge. The object is in good condition and is largely brown with a Verdigris patina. A small piece of wood was found inside the socket; it is very small and fits into the base of the shaft. It is roughly triangular in shape with a rounded tip and mainly green in colour.

A similar example has been recorded on this database under record SF-F59C95. Also, similar to one shown in Nicholson's Catalogue of the Prehistoric Metalwork in Merseyside County Museum (1980: 47) no. 78.

Find of note status

This is a find of note and has been designated: County / local importance

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: BRONZE AGE
Subperiod from: Late
Period from: BRONZE AGE
Subperiod to: Late
Period to: BRONZE AGE
Date from: Circa 900 BC
Date to: Circa 750 BC

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 55.68 mm
Width: 28.24 mm
Thickness: 12.52 mm
Weight: 14.09 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Sunday 27th January 2019

Personal details

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Recorded by: Mrs Rebecca Harrold
Identified by: Mrs Rebecca Harrold

Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy
Manufacture method: Hand made
Completeness: Incomplete

Spatial metadata

Region: West Midlands (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Shropshire (Unitary Authority)
District: Shropshire (Unitary Authority)
Parish or ward: Montford (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: SJ4117
Four figure Latitude: 52.74738396
Four figure longitude: -2.87547802
1:25K map: SJ4117
1:10K map: SJ41NW
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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