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    • Broad period: BRONZE AGE
    • Created by: Ciorstaidh Hayward Trevarthen

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Record ID: DOR-0BCB5D
Object type: PALSTAVE
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Dorset
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A copper alloy looped palstave axehead. The cutting edge is crescentic with a slight flare at one edge. The butt us also slightly curved. The septum is rectangular with a deep stop ridge. The flanges are lozenge shaped, The blade tapers back to the stop ridge where there are two cast decorative ridges on each face forming a V-shape. On one side is a corroded curved side loop. The surfaces are corroded and pitted, obscuring any casting lines. Dimensions: 124.36 mm x 44.04 mm x 26.30 mm Date: Middle Bronze Age c. 1500 - 1300 The axehead probably fits into Needham's group III and t…
Created on: Tuesday 19th September 2017
Last updated: Monday 25th September 2017
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Record ID: DOR-2A928E
Object type: RAPIER
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Dorset
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A incomplete cast copper-alloy rapier. At the butt is a small, narrowed tang with a rounded end. It does not appear to be broken. The blade is expanded from the hilt with angled shoulders and tapers towards the bent and broken opposite end. It has a lenticular profile and a low mid-rib on both faces. It has possibly been deliberately broken in antiquity. Date: Bronze Age c. 1600 - 1000 BC Dimensions: 141.65 mm x 19.68 mm x 4.05 mm Weight: 60.86 g
Created on: Tuesday 15th August 2017
Last updated: Wednesday 16th August 2017
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Record ID: DOR-2A0940
Object type: GOUGE
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Dorset
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A complete copper alloy socketed gouge. The upper part and socket are circualr in cross section. The socket is 15.2 mm in internal diameter and approiimately 50 mm in depth. Around the socket is a thick, rounded collar. The gouge tapers slightly and becomes C-shaped in cross section towards the cutting edge. There is casting line along each side. The cutting edge is slightly lopsided, probably as a result of use wear. Date: Late Bronze Age - c. 1000 - 800 BC Dimensions: 73.71 mm x 22.88 mm x 3.81 mm Weight: 57.22 g A silmilar gouge is recorded in database record DUR-06F0E8 and date…
Created on: Tuesday 15th August 2017
Last updated: Wednesday 16th August 2017
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Record ID: DOR-2D27D7
Object type: SPEAR
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Dorset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
An incomplete small copper alloy socketed and side-looped spearhead. Part of the socket has been broken off and the tip pf the spearhead is missing. The blades are short and leaf-shaped. The hollow of the socket extends 46 mm into the the spear. It is circular and tapers towards the tip, becoming lozengiform in cross section as it develops into the solid mid-rib between the blades. There are two small, oval, pierced side loops set opposite each other part way along the socket. There are traces of casting lines along the sides of the spearhead running from above the side loops to the b…
Created on: Thursday 3rd August 2017
Last updated: Thursday 3rd August 2017
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Record ID: DOR-4DC8EA
Object type: AXEHEAD
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Dorset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
An incomplete copper alloy socketed axe. The socketed and and side loop remain bit the cutting edge is missing. The socket is square and the body of the axe tapers to a point just before the break where it beginds to flare slightly. The walls also thicken from the opening of the socket so that at the breack it is a small circular aperture in the rectangular cross-sectioned body. On one side is a long, longitudinal side loop with a clear casting line along it. The opposite face also retains a casting line. On the two wider faces there is cast decoration, each comprising two concentric …
Created on: Tuesday 11th July 2017
Last updated: Tuesday 16th January 2018
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Milton Abbas', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: DOR-BB077A
Object type: FLAT AXEHEAD
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Dorset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A small copper alloy flat axehead. It has a thin sub-rectangular cross section. THe faces of the axe are both flat with no side flanges. The sides are slightly convex with a faint trace of a mid casting line on each. It has a slightyl flared, thinned and out-curved cutting edge without a clear facet.The axe tapers at the sides to a narrow rounded butt and the faces also taper so that it is thinned. There is considerable corrosion on one face of the axe. Date: Early Bronze Age - c. 2100 to 1900 BC Dimensions: 93.38 mm x 36.84 mm x 6.12 mm Weight: 71.22 g Ther axe is simlar to LAN…
Created on: Saturday 10th June 2017
Last updated: Wednesday 14th June 2017
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Record ID: DOR-364AF6
Object type: SOCKETED AXEHEAD
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Dorset
Workflow stage: Published Find published
A fragment of cast copper alloy socketed axe. Part of the opening of the socket. The mouth of the socket has a collar at the rim. There is a curving side loop below it set longitudinally. There is a filed casting line running from the rim and along the mid-line of the loop Date: Late Bronze Age - c. 1000 - 800 BC Dimensions: 26.72 mm x 23.78 mm x 12.47 mm Weight: 15.87 g
Created on: Tuesday 4th April 2017
Last updated: Monday 26th June 2017
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Owermoigne', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: DOR-324B57
Object type: TORC
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Dorset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Report to H. M. Coroner on find of potential Treasure: Middle Bronze Age torc fragment (2003 T19) Fragment of one end of a four-flange twisted torc consisting of part of the body and plain terminal; the greater part of the terminal is missing. The break at the terminal end is rough; at the body end the piece appears to have been cut by blow(s) from something like a chisel. It is likely to have been broken, and probably folded, in antiquity. Maximum length (as folded) 24mm; maximum thickness (flange to flange) 8mm; thickness at terminal 5mm, weight 12.95 grams. Identificati…
Created on: Wednesday 11th May 2016
Last updated: Wednesday 11th May 2016
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'West Dorset', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: DOR-9A6EE6
Object type: SPEAR
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Dorset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
An incomplete cast copper alloy socketed spearhead (1150 - 800BC). This object is in two pieces, found at different times. The spearhead has a leaf-shaped blade remaing on one side and a pronounced hollow mid-rib extending to the broken tip. The remaining edges of the blade are bevelled. The socket is circular. The mouth of the socket is damaged at one side. There are remnant s of side loops on both sides of the lower part of the socketed end. There is a large irregular hole on side of the lower part of the socketed end. Date: Late Bronze Age - 1000 BC - 800 BC Dimensions: 139.68…
Created on: Wednesday 4th May 2016
Last updated: Tuesday 10th May 2016
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Record ID: DOR-1FC0EB
Object type: SCRAPER (TOOL)
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Dorset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A rounded flint scraper. Made on a secondary flake of beige and grey patchy flint with a low gloss surface and areas of milky-white patination. At the proximal end is a wide striking platform and on the dorsal face is low bulb of percussion with a small bulbar scar and several widely spaced waves of percussion. On the dorsal face is an area of worn nodule cortex and a more recent flaking scar which has removed some of the patinated surface. There is invasive semi-abrupt parallel retouch around the curved distal edge and the right side covering around 50 % of the perimeter. Date: Lat…
Created on: Thursday 28th April 2016
Last updated: Friday 29th April 2016
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Record ID: DOR-1E4620
Object type: SCRAPER (TOOL)
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Dorset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A rounded flint scraper. Made on a secondary flake of dark grey flint with a mid gloss patina. At the proximal end is a small striking platform and on the dorsal face is pronounced bulb of percussion with a small bulbar scar and numerous closely spaced waves of percussion. On the dorsal face is an area of worn nodule cortex and the remnant of several flaking scars ancluding a hinge fracture. There is short semi-abrupt parallel retouch around the curved distal edge and the left side covering around 50 % of the perimeter. There is some damage to the opposite side. Date: Late Neolithic…
Created on: Thursday 28th April 2016
Last updated: Friday 29th April 2016
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Record ID: DOR-1E2FA1
Object type: SCRAPER (TOOL)
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Dorset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A rounded flint scraper. Made on a secondary flake of orange-brown flint with a mid gloss patina. At the proximal end is a wide striking platform and on the dorsal face is pronounced bulb of percussion and numerous closely spaced waves of percussion. On the dorsal face is an area of worn pebble cortex and the remnant of one flaking scar. There is invasive semi-abrupt parallel retouch around the curved distal edge and the left side covering around 50 % of the perimeter. Date: Late Neolithic to Early Bronze Age c. 2700 - 1600 BC Dimensions: 32.9 mm x 28.1 mm x 12.4 mm Weight: 12.08 g
Created on: Thursday 28th April 2016
Last updated: Friday 29th April 2016
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Record ID: DOR-1E1219
Object type: SCRAPER (TOOL)
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Dorset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A rounded flint scraper. Made on a secondary flake of mid grey flint with a mid gloss patina. The proximal and distal ends have been removed. On the a few faint waves of percussion. There are several flaking scars on the dorsal face and a layer of thick nodule opposite the worked edge of the scraper. There is short semi-abrupt parallel retouch around the curved, cutting edge covering around 50% of the perimeter. Date: Late Neolithic to Early Bronze Age c. 2700 - 1600 BC Dimensions: 31.3 mm x 27.3 mm x 11.0 mm Weight: 9.81 g
Created on: Thursday 28th April 2016
Last updated: Friday 29th April 2016
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Record ID: DOR-A09E8A
Object type: SPEAR
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Dorset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A fragment of copper alloy spear or arrowhead. The tip only surviving. There is a central rib between two curving cutting edges. The typology and exact date of this object are uncertain. Date:Probably Middle to Late Bronze Age - c. 1600 - 800 BC Diameter: 24.1 mm x 11.4 mm x 7.1 mm Weight: 4.11 g
Created on: Friday 22nd April 2016
Last updated: Friday 29th April 2016
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Record ID: DOR-761B1C
Object type: KNIFE
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Dorset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A fragment of copper alloy tanged knife. The tang has a single rivet hole for the attachment of the missing handle and the edges have been worked to create a slight ridge.The knife has a symmetrical, shallow, pointed oval cross section giving two cutting edges. Date: Middle Bronze Age c. 1600 - 1000 BC Dimensions: 83.47 mm x 20.11 mm x 2.95 mm Weight: 20.54 g
Created on: Wednesday 20th April 2016
Last updated: Wednesday 27th April 2016
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Record ID: DOR-FCCD7E
Object type: KNIFE
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Dorset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A copper tanged knife or dagger. The blade and tang are both thin with a rectangular cross section. The tang tapers very slightly into a rounded end. The blade is slightly an irregular pointed oval shape in outline and tapers to a a rounded tip. The missing handle has left a faint trace in the sutface corrosion as an ogival arc on the hilt. Date: Early Bronze Age - c. 2300 - 2500 BC - Chalcolithic Dimensions: 47.14 mm x 11.31 mm x 5.62 mm Weight: 8.67 g Similar objects are recorded in HESH-7C7854, LANCUM-3BEC10, NCL-093B77, SUR-38BFA5. Peter Reavill comments that this example…
Created on: Monday 21st March 2016
Last updated: Wednesday 9th August 2017
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'East Dorset', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: DOR-BD9AED
Object type: SCABBARD
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Dorset
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A copper-alloy bag-shaped chape. The chape is crescentic with an oval opening at the top, concave sides, a rounded, slightly flared bottom, and a perforation in each face. Each of there retains a small circular sectioned, domed rivet.There is a slight lip around the edges of the opening. Around the perforations the chape is decorated with a series of closely spaced moulded concentric circles (approximately ten on each face). The surface is corrodded in some areas, but is otherwise smooth with a greyish patina. Date: Late Bronze Age - c. 950 - 800 BC Dimensions: 36.16 mm x 16.94 mm
Created on: Friday 18th March 2016
Last updated: Tuesday 12th April 2016
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Dorset', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: DOR-E5B0C6
Object type: DAGGER
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Dorset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
An incomplete bronze dagger. The butt and part of the blade only remaining. The butt is curved and has four rivet holes (one broken), two at either side along the lower edge. The two inner rivet holes containing, circular sectioned rivets. The rivest would have been used to attach a missing handle and on one face there is a stain between the rivets which may be from the handle. It shows a tongue-shaped incurve similar to that seen on the handle of a dagger found in the Thames (British Museum online collection, Museum no. 1882 0518.6, http://www.britishmuseum.org/research/collection_on…
Created on: Thursday 7th January 2016
Last updated: Tuesday 12th January 2016
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Owermoigne', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: DOR-0A6139
Object type: PENANNULAR RING
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Dorset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A gold penannular ring. Small gold penannular ring with decorative banding in narrow stripes, which would originally have shown as bands of yellow and paler, silver rich gold. The silver rich bands are tarnished to a grey colour. The ring appears to be solid. It has a sub-circular cross section and the ends of the terminals are flat.It may be similar to WAW-F3AE27 which examination at the British Museum was shown to have complex three-tone striping. Such ornaments are dated to the Late Bronze Age. Date: Late Bronze Age - c. 1150 - 800 BC Dimensions: 15.69 mm x 14.96 mm x 5.36 mm
Created on: Wednesday 28th October 2015
Last updated: Wednesday 22nd November 2017
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Milborne St Andrew', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: DOR-B58E7D
Object type: DEBITAGE
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A thick, irregular and incomplete tertiary flake of mid grey to pale grey flint with opaque banding. The surface has a high gloss patina.No surviving striking platform or bulb of percussion. Numerous flake removals, probably from prevois working while the flake was still part of core. The removals are, in the main, wide and irregular and have been struck from multiple directions. Date: Bronze Age Dimensions: 42.5 mm x 30.5 mm x 15.5 mm Weight: 21 g
Created on: Sunday 19th July 2015
Last updated: Wednesday 16th September 2015
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