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    • Broad period: BRONZE AGE
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Record ID: SOM-C304F9
Object type: INGOT
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Kent
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Fragment of a copper-alloy ingot of probable late Bronze Age date, c. 1150 - 600BC. Part of a plano-convex (bun) discoid ingot possibly suggesting the production in a bowl furnace rather than a mould. The upper is flat and the bottom is convex. Only a small section remains with a part of the original edge and very worn irregular breaks on the other sides. The section of the outside edge is too small to idenify the complete diameter. The ingot is pitted likely due to a mix of impurities in its matrix and the uneven natural material used to create the bowl in which it was cast. …
Created on: Monday 27th November 2017
Last updated: Monday 4th December 2017
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Record ID: SOM-079C7A
Object type: SOCKETED AXEHEAD
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Somerset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Cast bronze socketed axe of Late Bronze Age date (1000 - 800 BC). The axe is sub-rectangular in plan with a flared convex cutting edge and the socket is sub-rectangular in cross section. The axe measures 99.6mm length, 45.8mm in width at the blade, 35.8mm at the socket, it is 33.7mm thick and weighs 174.25 grams. The depth of the socket is 65.3mm. The socket of the axe is sub-rectangular with patinated breaks around three sides which have removed the original end of the socket. The remaining complete section has a single swollen moulded collar up to 8.6mm wide. Only the inner stub …
Created on: Monday 6th November 2017
Last updated: Monday 13th November 2017
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Record ID: SOM-62CE08
Object type: BRACELET
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Somerset
Workflow stage: Published Find published
Treasure case 2017 T882; Description: Bead possibly formed from a fragment of a gold band or ribbon dating to the Bronze Age (c. 2200-800 BC). The fragment is a short length of a straight, parallel sided strip with both ends bent back on themselves so the ends meet, probably originally making a cylindrical bead. This has then been squashed flat. The back (interior) is plain and the front is decorated with 20 regularly spaced parallel ribs, and 18 grooves between them, running along the entire length of the fragment. Dimensions: The fragment now measures 9.6mm long, is 13.8mm wide a…
Created on: Thursday 5th October 2017
Last updated: Thursday 12th April 2018
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Muchelney CP', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SOM-4B2D06
Object type: PALSTAVE
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Somerset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Middle Bronze Age cast copper-alloy palstave (axehead) probably of unlooped type .The palstave is very corroded, with most of the butt lost and some of the blade and little of the original surface remaining. It does however appear to be unusually narrow, especially given its length. The septum is distictly thinner than the blade with parts of a stop ridge surviving on one face. The flanges appear to have been shallow on the butt, widening abruptly at the top ridge but that may be the result of wear and damage. The widest point is just beyond the stop ridge after which the sides th…
Created on: Tuesday 11th July 2017
Last updated: Thursday 13th July 2017
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Winsham CP', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SOM-4AE947
Object type: PALSTAVE
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Somerset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Middle Bronze Age cast copper-alloy palstave (axehead) probably of unlooped type .The palstave is very corroded, with some losses at its extremities and little of the original surface remaining. The septum is distictly thinner than the blade suggesting that this is a palstave rather than an earlier flanged axe (Schmidt and Burgess 1981, 115) but the stop ridge is mostly worn and corroded away. The flanges gradually widen from the butt to the stop with the widest point just beyond the stop ridge but there worn edges mean the shape is unclear. There is one possibly projection on on…
Created on: Tuesday 11th July 2017
Last updated: Thursday 13th July 2017
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Cricket St Thomas CP', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SOM-AF38BD
Object type: SCRAPER (TOOL)
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Somerset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Thumbnail scraper on opaque mid brown flint becomeing paler towards one side and with medium sized pale mottles. The scraper is D shaped in plan with a curved distal end with long to invasive, parallel semi abrupt retouch along the entire edge from the ventral face. As the ends of this retouch has come over a thicker area towards the centre the force has gone out of it and they have interferred with each other to leave shalow scalar removals. Faint diffuse waves of percussion on the ventral face and one accidental removal which has taken of most of the shallow bulb. Part of the pl…
Created on: Tuesday 16th May 2017
Last updated: Thursday 18th May 2017
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Record ID: SOM-81B00C
Object type: HOARD
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Devon
Workflow stage: Published Find published
Treasure reference number 2017 T205: Royal Albert Memorial Museum, Exeter, hope to acquire Circumstances: Found while searching with a metal detector on grassland. The majority of copper alloy fragments were found closely associated or together with the largest fragment (13) slightly further away (finders estimate 20m) and the gold bracelets together around two metres from the rest of the concentration. Two further fragments are thought to be lead-tin alloy and may relate to Post Medieval material found in the area rather than the hoards although tin beads are known from Devon hoards …
Created on: Thursday 2nd March 2017
Last updated: Thursday 12th April 2018
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Near Dawlish', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SOM-61850E
Object type: PALSTAVE
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Somerset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A copper alloy Middle Bronze Age palstave dating to the Acton- Penard phases (c. 1500 - 1100 BC). The palstave has a narrow butt and from the butt expands in both width and thickness into a high flange on either side flanking a central U-shaped septum. The septum exhibits a hollow on at least one face faces just above the stop ridge. This is caused by air trapped in the mould during the casting process. On one side of the palstave, adjacent to the stop ridge, is a broad U-shaped loop with tapering ends. There is a tapering triangular indent with concave sides running from the sto…
Created on: Monday 23rd January 2017
Last updated: Monday 23rd January 2017
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'West Crewkerne (CP', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SOM-3BA068
Object type: DEBITAGE
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Somerset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Two knapped flint flakes with small areas of retouch. The crude thick flakes, broader than they are long, suggest a Bronze Age date, 2350-800 BC. 1. Tertiary flake with no cortex. bulb of percussion on ventral face, removal scars on dorsal may suggest multi-platform working. long, parallel, semi-abrupt retouch down one side on the dorsal face.13.9mm by 38.8mm by 8.3mm 8.60g. Mid-brown opaque flint with mottling. 2. Secondary flake with cortext on one edge. Large bulb of percusison on ventral face and large scar on dorsal face from previous renmoval from the same platform, bre…
Created on: Tuesday 4th October 2016
Last updated: Thursday 6th October 2016
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Record ID: SOM-3B6A7D
Object type: SCRAPER (TOOL)
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Somerset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A knapped flint scraper of probable Bronze Age date (c.2350-800 BC). The piece is struck off a tertiary flake with no cortex remaining. The general form is very irregularly circular with a flake broader than it is long. The dorsal surface and sides exhibit multiple negative flake scars from previous removals from several different directions indicating a multi-platform core. The bulb of percussion on the ventral face has been almost removed by bulb scar but there are strong percussion ripples. There is scalar to sub-parallel, semi abrupt invasive retouch, becoming shallow towards th…
Created on: Tuesday 4th October 2016
Last updated: Thursday 6th October 2016
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Record ID: SOM-2867B7
Object type: UNIDENTIFIED OBJECT
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Somerset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A cast copper alloy 'moustache' shaped object of uncertain use but probably Middle Bronze Age date. The object consists of a pair of drooping ovoid elements with pointed outer tips, hence 'moustache' shaped. These ovoids are decorated with multiple grooves running down the body of each ovoid but stopping before the tip. This decoration is now very worn and the surface corroded so the grooves are only visible in a few places. In the centre of the two drooping ovoids is a plain band running around the waist of the object, this band is triangular in profle with a flat top and sides narro…
Created on: Wednesday 21st September 2016
Last updated: Thursday 5th January 2017
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Shepton Beauchamp CP', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SOM-CC4378
Object type: SCRAPER (TOOL)
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Somerset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Incomplete scraper on a large knapped flint flake. The piece is broke at the distal end with an irregular break. On the ventral face is a bulb of percussion which appears to have been struck off the side of a chipped and damaged platform. Scars on the dorsal face show at least two previous removals from the same platform. At the distal end is an irregular projection which appears to be part of a natural hole or flaw in the flint as a small strip of the original surface runs up the piece from the proximal end to the projection. Down the convex curved right edge, on the dorsal face, is …
Created on: Thursday 12th February 2015
Last updated: Monday 27th July 2015
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Record ID: SOM-CC3727
Object type: FLAKE
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Somerset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Two secondary knapped flint flakes. One is complete, struck form the side of a previous removal with a prominent bulb of percussion on the ventral face. About 20% of the dorsal face is still covered in in cortex. The edges are chipped and a large notch in one edge is probably damage. 43.1 by 28.8mm and 8.2mm thick and 6.96 grams, dark brown-black flint. The second is the distal end of a larger flake, c.40% cortex on the dorsal face covering the distal end. The ripples on the scars from previous removals on the dorsal face suggest they were removed from the same platform. 43.9mm long b…
Created on: Thursday 12th February 2015
Last updated: Monday 27th July 2015
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Record ID: SOM-2B70A5
Object type: PALSTAVE
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Somerset
Workflow stage: Published Find published
An incomplete and extremely worn and corroded cast copper-alloy palstave (axe) or possibly chisel, probably dating to the Middle Bronze Age, c. 1500-1150 BC.The object has lost the butt to an old break but has a thinned septum ending in a stop ridge on both faces. The septum is now 4.3mm thick and 17.7mm wide. The stop ridges are angled rather than vertical but this is probably due to wear as the more complete side appears more vertical. This side also has what may be the very worn remains of flanges although there is otherwise no evidence for them being present. At the stop ridge …
Created on: Monday 6th October 2014
Last updated: Monday 15th December 2014
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Whitestaunton CP', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SOM-E24F31
Object type: LITHIC IMPLEMENT
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Somerset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Tertiary knapped flint flake with extensive retouch, possible an unfinished tool. The piece is broadly triangular and flat with one corner missing to a snap. This broken corner was the proximal end and the bulb of percussion is missing either due to the snap or to retouch. Ripples on the ventral and dorsal face suggest this flake was removed by hard hammer impact and at 180 degress to the direction of previous removals. Two of the sides are extensively retouched with short, scalar, shallow retouch becoming longer and semi-abrupt towards the middle of each side. This has created one st…
Created on: Tuesday 22nd July 2014
Last updated: Tuesday 22nd July 2014
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Milverton CP', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SOM-4C7C73
Object type: SCRAPER (TOOL)
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Somerset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Knapped flint end scraper or side-and-end scraper made on a secondary flake. It is broadly oval in plan. The proximal end is broken with two breaks, one is straight and may be deliberate, it has removed the bulb of percussion and any striking platform, there is also an an old, non-deliberate break to one side. There are prominent percussion ripples remaining on the ventral face. It is triangular in section with an aris running down the centre of the dorsal face. One side of this aris is original, unworked cortex covering c. 55% of the face. The other part of the dorsal face is the sca…
Created on: Thursday 15th May 2014
Last updated: Tuesday 27th May 2014
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Record ID: SOM-8E6E07
Object type: SCRAPER (TOOL)
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Somerset
Workflow stage: Published Find published
Knapped flint side scraper made on a secondary flake. It is broadly triangular in plan with a straight proximal edge, one straight retouched side and one more irregular chipped side. There is a very prominent bulb of percussion on the ventral face with a tiny bulb scar. The scars on the dorsal face show previous removals were small and from at least two points on the same platform. There is a small (less than 5%) patch of cortex at the distal end. The retouch extends around the right side on the dorsal face. It is short, scalar and abrupt becoming longer towards the distal end wher…
Created on: Tuesday 6th May 2014
Last updated: Sunday 18th May 2014
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Record ID: SOM-8E41C5
Object type: SCRAPER (TOOL)
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Somerset
Workflow stage: Published Find published
Knapped flint end scraper made on a tertiary flake. It is broadly rectangular in plan with probable breaks down both sides at the proximal end and may originally have been more D-shaped or thumbnail shaped. There is a very prominent bulb of percussion on the ventral face with bulb scars. As well as the breaks on the edges there is a hinge fracture from damage or a failed removal covering the proximal end of the dorsal face. The remaining scars on the dorsal face show previous removals were from a different platform at about 45 degrees. The retouch extends around the right side of t…
Created on: Tuesday 6th May 2014
Last updated: Thursday 8th May 2014
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Record ID: SOM-5FC043
Object type: SCRAPER (TOOL)
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Somerset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Knapped flint end scraper made on a tertiary flake. There is a bulb of percusison on the ventral face and the strike on a previously worked surface has removed a chip down the right edge. It is triangular in section and the scars on the ventral face suggest possible multi-platform working of the core. A very small amount of cortex, less than 5% remains near the distal end. There are chips at the proximal end from previous failed removals from the platform used to knap this piece. There is short, scalar, semi-abrupt to abrupt retouch around the distal end. The side edges are unretouche…
Created on: Thursday 20th February 2014
Last updated: Thursday 20th February 2014
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Misterton CP', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SOM-E3DB14
Object type: SOCKETED AXEHEAD
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Somerset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Fragment of a cast copper-alloy socketed axe of Late Bronze Age date. Only the blade and and a small part of the socket survive, the remainder is now missing to old breaks. The fragment is trapezoid in form, widening towards the blade. It is triangular in section, tapering to the convex curved cutting edge. The cutting edge is extremely worn due to post-depositional corrosion with no clear bevelled edge and rounded, broken corners. The end of the socket is visible at the old break, but the precise form of the socket and axe remains uncertain as too much is missing. All surfaces have e…
Created on: Tuesday 21st January 2014
Last updated: Tuesday 21st January 2014
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Stratton on the Fosse', grid reference and parish protected.


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