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    • Broad period: BRONZE AGE
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Record ID: WMID-9089DE
Object type: CHISEL
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Staffordshire
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A complete copper-alloy probable chisel or wedge, of possible Bronze Age dating (c. 1150 BC to c. 600 BC). The possible chisel is flat and rectangular, with a triangular cross section. The upper end is square, and exhibits signs of being struck. The lower end is rounded, with old breaks. It expands in width from the lower end up to the square upper end. There are slight concave depresions on each face below the square upper end. Both front and back faces are undecorated. It measures 90.3 mm in length, 16.3 mm wide (top), 10.1 mm wide (lower end), 16.0 mm thick (top) and 5.2 mm t…
Created on: Tuesday 19th December 2017
Last updated: Tuesday 19th December 2017
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Record ID: WMID-7D44CA
Object type: PALSTAVE
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Staffordshire
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An incomplete copper alloy (bronze) blade, probably from a palstave of Middle Bronze Age dating (c. 1500 BC to c. 1150 BC). The blade fragment is triangular in both shape and cross section. Only the lower portion of the blade is present, with a rectangular cross section, it has broken below the stop ridge. The sides are concave. A central ridge runs two thirds of the length of the front and back faces. The cutting edge is lost, but it still retains a convex form. The palstave fragment measures 71.8 mm in length, 62.3 wide (at the blade), 23.8 mm wide (at the break), 15.7 mm thic…
Created on: Monday 18th December 2017
Last updated: Monday 18th December 2017
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Record ID: WMID-3941D2
Object type: FLAT AXEHEAD
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Worcestershire
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An incomplete copper alloy flat axehead, of the Arreton developed flat axehead type, of Early to Middle Bronze Age dating (c. 1700 to c. 1500 BC). The axehead is sub rectangular with a crescentic blade. The blade edge has been lost, along with part of the butt. The body of the axe gradually tapers down to a probable rectangular butt. A recess is present on both front and back, a proto socket. No flanges are present along the edges of the axehead. No sign of decoration is present on any face, although most of the original surface has been lost. The sides are lentoid. It measures …
Created on: Tuesday 3rd October 2017
Last updated: Tuesday 3rd October 2017
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Record ID: WMID-560F7F
Object type: SPEAR
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Northamptonshire
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An incomplete copper alloy, probable tip from a spear head, of probable Middle Bronze Age dating (1500 BC to 1150 BC). Around 5% of the spear head is present, consisting only of the probable tip. It is triangular in shape. Triangular blades extend from either side, with a central rib on both sides. It measures 22.4 mm in length, 11.4 mm wide (base), 5.3 mm wide (tip) and 6.3 mm thick at the break, and 3.0 mm thick at the tip. It weighs 2.8 g. The probable spear head is a dark green colour, with an uneven surface patina. Abrasion, caused by movement whilst within the plough s…
Created on: Tuesday 29th August 2017
Last updated: Tuesday 29th August 2017
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Record ID: WMID-F08A78
Object type: VESSEL
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Warwickshire
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Description: Probable Bronze Age. bodysherd, probable shoulder of vessel, from a storage jar type vessel. Local type. Frequent flint, occasional grog. Oxidised. Fabric: Oxidised. Banded. Grey core. orange exterior and interior. Hard. Inclusions: Frequent flint (2-3 mm), occasional grog (2-3 mm). Poorly sorted. Forming: Handmade. Decoration: none. Surface treatment: none. Condition: Abraded. Form: storage jar Fragment: bodysherd. Probable shoulder. Notes: Diameter of vessel: not enough present to accurately determine. Thickness: 17.7 mm. Mass: 113.4 g. Toothbrush mark…
Created on: Monday 31st July 2017
Last updated: Tuesday 15th August 2017
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Record ID: WMID-F20D62
Object type: FLANGED AXEHEAD
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Staffordshire
Workflow stage: Published Find published
An incomplete developed flat axe with hammer raised flanges, of later Early Bronze Age dating (c. 2000 BC to c. 1700 BC). The axehead is broadly rectangular, with an expanded crescent shaped blade. The butt is narrow and rounded and measures 14.2 mm in width and is 2.7 mm thick. In profile the axe is a sub pointed oval with both terminals tapering. In section the axe is slightly H-shaped as the side edges of the axe have been worked to form a slight raised collar rather than cast flanges. The flanges extend 1.0 mm above the body of the axe head. The expanded blade measures 23.8 mm
Created on: Tuesday 25th April 2017
Last updated: Monday 8th May 2017
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Record ID: WMID-C9BDED
Object type: PALSTAVE
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Staffordshire
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An incomplete copper alloy (bronze) copper-alloy Primary / Early phase Group III palstave of Middle Bronze Age dating (1500-1300 BC). The object has a single midrib visible on both faces, a slight shield shaped pattern below the stop ridge and raised flange facets. The blade of the palstave is sub-triangular in plan, with convex expanding sides, and a convex cutting edge. The cutting edge is damaged, but appears to be symmetrical. The cutting edge measures 64.2 mm in width and is 3.0 mm thick. In profile the blade is sub-triangular with the widest section being before the stop r…
Created on: Tuesday 11th April 2017
Last updated: Tuesday 11th April 2017
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Record ID: WMID-2260B2
Object type: FLAT AXEHEAD
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Staffordshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A complete flat axehead with a crescentic blade, of Early Bronze Age dating (c. 1875 BC to c. 1725 BC). The axehead has a rectangular shape, with a crescentic blade. In profile, it is of a lentoid (pointed oval), with tapering edges. The butt is almost square. The sides of the axe gently expand in width from the butt, to a proto stop ridge, and then taper down to the blade. The edges of the axe have not been raised to form flanges; however a slight median bevel (proto stop ridge) is present on both faces of the axe. This has been formed from hammering and small oval shaped (dished)…
Created on: Monday 3rd April 2017
Last updated: Tuesday 2nd May 2017
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Record ID: WMID-41C97A
Object type: GOUGE
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Warwickshire
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An incomplete copper alloy socketed gouge, of Late Bronze Age dating (1000 BC to 650 BC). Around 95% of the gouge is present, with the end of the socket missing. The gouge is sub rectangular in shape, with a u shaped groove, that tapers down the length, towards the end to create a C shaped end. A casting seam is present running the length. It measures 60.9 mm in length, 16.3 mm wide, a maximum thickness 14.3 mm, a minimum thinness 7.8 mm. The depth of the socket 33.2 mm. The sides of the gouge are 2.2 mm. It weighs 30.7 g. The gouge is a mid green colour with an even surface…
Created on: Monday 27th February 2017
Last updated: Monday 24th July 2017
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Record ID: WMID-7388C4
Object type: SOCKETED AXEHEAD
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Staffordshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
An incomplete copper alloy socketed axehead, of Late Bronze Age dating (1150 BC to 800 BC). Less than 25% of the socketed axehead is present, consisting of the base of the socket and the blade edge. The fragment is sub rectangular, with a triangular cross section. The socket is rectangular in shape. The socketed axehead fragment measures 30.8 mm in length, 46.3 mm wide (at the blade), 34.3 mm wide (at the body), 13.3 mm thick (at the body), 5.0 mm thick (at the blade edge). The remnants of the socket is 3.7 mm deep. It weighs 82.3 g. The socketed axehead is a mid green colou…
Created on: Tuesday 24th January 2017
Last updated: Monday 30th January 2017
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Record ID: WMID-E2A194
Object type: SPEAR
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Staffordshire
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An incomplete copper alloy socketed spearhead, of Middle Bronze Age dating (1400 BC to 1200 BC). Around 50% of the spearhead is present, in two joining fragments. Most of the spearhead and some of the blades are present, the rest is missing, presumed lost in antiquity. The spearhead is broadly lentoid (diamond) in shape. The socket is incomplete.. The remains of the socket is circular, and extends through both fragments. The blades were probably originally triangular in shape, they taper inwards to the socket. The larger fragment measures 71.4 mm in length, a maximum width of…
Created on: Tuesday 17th January 2017
Last updated: Monday 30th January 2017
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Record ID: WMID-DF1D02
Object type: SOCKETED AXEHEAD
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Staffordshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
An incomplete copper alloy socketed axehead, of Late Bronze Age dating (1150 BC to 800 BC). Less than 25% of the socketed axehead is present, consisting of the base of the socket and the blade edge. The fragment is sub rectangular in shape, and triangular in cross section. The socket is rectangular in shape. Casting ridges are present along one of the sides. The blade edge is rounded and expands out at the sides. The blade edge is damaged. The socketed axehead fragment measures 26.1 mm in length, 47.2 mm wide (at the blade), 39.6 mm wide (at the body), 13.1 mm thick (at the body…
Created on: Tuesday 17th January 2017
Last updated: Tuesday 7th February 2017
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Record ID: WMID-FE3C28
Object type: RIBBON
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Staffordshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
An incomplete strip of decorated gold, of probable Bronze Age dating (c. 2150 BC to c. 1150 BC). The strip of gold is sub rectangular in plan, and is folded horizontally (width ways) in half twice, forming a squashed 'S' shape. The strip has been decorated with a series of embossed ridges along its length. The strip has been severed at one end, with a ragged edge. The other edge can not be easily seen as it is hidden between the folds. It measures 25.3 mm in length, 16.1 mm wide and 9.1 mm thick. The strip is 0.8 mm thick. It weighs 5.2. g. Similar strips of gold with ribbed …
Created on: Tuesday 13th December 2016
Last updated: Wednesday 6th December 2017
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Whitmore', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: WMID-D9A2D5
Object type: SOCKETED AXEHEAD
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Warwickshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
An incomplete copper alloy socketed axehead, of Late Bronze Age dating (1150 BC to 800 BC). Less than 25% of the socketed axehead is present, consisting of the base of the socket and the blade edge. The fragment is sub rectangular in plan, and triangular in section. The socket is triangular in shape. Casting ridges are present along one side. The other side is missing. Filemarks are present on the front and back of the axehead. The socketed axehead fragment measures 20.5 mm in length, 46.3 mmwide (at the blade), 41.3 mm wide (at the body), 10.5 mm thick (at the body), 1.7 mm thi…
Created on: Tuesday 29th November 2016
Last updated: Tuesday 29th November 2016
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Record ID: WMID-C4624B
Object type: PALSTAVE
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Staffordshire
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An incomplete copper alloy palstave with raised flange facets dating from the Middle Bronze Age (1500 BC - 1150 BC). The blade of the palstave is sub-triangular in plan with convex expanding sides and an incomplete convex cutting edge. In profile the blade is sub-triangular with the widest section being before the stop ridge. The sides of the blade are convex in shape. The blade (measured from the cutting edge to the stop ridge) is 75.4 mm long and the width of cutting edge is 55.3 mm. The thickness of the blade tip is 7.0 mm. The maximum thickness of the blade is 17.4 mm (measured…
Created on: Monday 28th November 2016
Last updated: Monday 28th November 2016
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Record ID: WMID-9C4EAC
Object type: SOCKETED AXEHEAD
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Warwickshire
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An incomplete fragment from a socketed axehead, of Late Bronze Age dating (c. 950 BC to c. 750 BC). Less than 25% of the socketed axehead is present, and consists of part of the mouth and body. The rest is missing, presumed lost in antiquity, The mouth may have originally been square in shape, as the fragment exhibits an almost right angle bend. The mouth has a rolled rim. The start of two ribs are present on the body. It measures 21.3 mm in length, 28.2 mm wide and 6.5 mm thick (at the mouth), 3.4 mm thick (body). It weighs 11.6 g. The socketed axehead fragment is mostly …
Created on: Monday 14th November 2016
Last updated: Monday 14th November 2016
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Record ID: WMID-764198
Object type: SOCKETED AXEHEAD
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Shropshire
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An incomplete copper alloy (bronze) socketed axehead fragment, of Late Bronze Age dating (c. 950 BC to c. 750 BC) Around 90% of the axehead is present. The loop is missing. It is sub rectangular in plan, with an expanded / flared convex, but abraded cutting edge. The socket is sub rectangular in section. The depth of the socket from the edge of the break to the base of socket is 47.0 mm. The two long sides of the axe expand slightly along the length of the socket and terminate with the blade. No casting seams are visible. It has a moulded collar beneath the mouth, and evidence o…
Created on: Monday 31st October 2016
Last updated: Monday 31st October 2016
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Market Drayton', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: WMID-975903
Object type: BARBED AND TANGED ARROWHEAD
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Shropshire
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An incomplete barbed and tanged flint arrowhead of Early Bronze Age dating (c. 2500 BC to c. 1500 BC). Approximately 95% of the arrowhead is present, with the tang and tip being incomplete. The arrowhead has been knapped from a dark grey coloured piece of flint. It is broadly sub-triangular in shape and lentoid in cross section. The tang is incomplete and the surviving barbs are sub triangular. The arrowhead has been knapped using both direct and indirect percussion techniques. Both long sides / edges of the arrowhead have been finely retouched to create sharp edges. The retouch…
Created on: Friday 4th September 2015
Last updated: Friday 4th September 2015
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Record ID: WMID-511F47
Object type: SCRAPER (TOOL)
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Staffordshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A complete thumbnail scraper of Late Neolithic to Early Bronze Age dating (2700 BC to 1600 BC). The scraper has been made from a dark brown flint. No cortex is present. The scraper is sub circular in shape, with a triangular cross section. The dorsal (upper) surface exhibits controlled working, with minimal retouch (long, scaled, abrupt) along the working edge. The ventral (lower) surface exhibits a bulb of percussion and conchoidal ripples. It measures 15.0 mm in length, 19.0 mm wide and 5.4 mm thick. It weighs 1.6 g.
Created on: Tuesday 14th July 2015
Last updated: Wednesday 1st February 2017
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Record ID: WMID-A57AB9
Object type: SCRAPER (TOOL)
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Shropshire
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A complete thumbnail scraper of Late Neolithic to Early Bronze Age dating (2700 BC to 1600 BC). The scraper has been made from a dark grey flint, with some patination present. No cortex is present. The scraper is sub circular in shape, with a triangular cross section. The dorsal (upper) surface exhibits controlled working, with minimal retouch (short, scaled, abrupt) along the working edge. The ventral (lower) surface exhibits a bulb of percussion and a striking platform. It measures 19.8 mm in length, 20.6 mm wide and 8.6 mm thick. It weighs 3.5 g.
Created on: Monday 6th July 2015
Last updated: Monday 6th July 2015
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