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    • Broad period: BRONZE AGE
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Record ID: SF-3041F9
Object type: CHISEL
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Suffolk
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An incomplete copper alloy object, possibly a flat tanged chisel of Bronze Age date. It is trapezoidal in shape with straight sides and expanding slightly towards one end. This expanded end it outwardly rounded and appears to be bevelled, suggesting that it is a blade. The other end is irregularly rounded, but appears to be a break. The object is rectangular in cross-section and of fairly even thickness along its length. The surface of the metal is heavily pitted with corrosion and the edges are damaged. Its bright green patina also suggests a prehistoric date. See Pendleton (1999,…
Created on: Thursday 3rd August 2017
Last updated: Wednesday 6th September 2017
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Great Barton', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SF-8A4BBD
Object type: METAL WORKING DEBRIS
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Essex
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A fragment of copper alloy metalworking debris of uncertain date. Very irregular in shape with a heavily pitted and corroded surface. Undiagnostic debris such as this can only be assigned a very broad Bronze Age to post-medieval date range. Length: 31.21mm, width: 16.73mm, thickness: 7.79mm, weight: 15.31g
Created on: Friday 14th July 2017
Last updated: Friday 18th August 2017
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Tolleshunt D'arcy', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SF-68A728
Object type: AWL
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Suffolk
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A complete copper alloy awl, probably of late Bronze Age date. The shaft is sub-rectangular in section and tapers towards either end. One end is pointed, whilst the other is chisel shaped. It survives in poor condition with a corroded surface. It is difficult to date Bronze Age awls precisely. Ben Roberts (pers. comm.) suggests that they are likely to date to later in the period. The form changes little throughout time, however, and much later examples are also known. Many similar examples have been recorded on the PAS database, including SWYOR-220A7C from Yorkshire, HAMP-D070D5 from …
Created on: Tuesday 6th June 2017
Last updated: Friday 20th April 2018
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Icklingham', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SF-84BFF1
Object type: AXE
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Essex
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A fragment of a copper alloy mid to late Bronze Age (and into the early Iron Age) socketed axe. Only a small section of the socketed end survives survive. This is curved in profile with a raised rounded rim along the outer face of the socket end. The breaks are well worn. Both faces have the remains of a dark brown shiny patina in places, but this has worn away on the raised sections. Socketed axes were in use during the mid to late Bronze Age, from c.1300-700 BC. Length: 35.90mm, width: 24.49mm, thickness: 7.02mm, weight: 20.58g
Created on: Friday 26th May 2017
Last updated: Wednesday 16th August 2017
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Tolleshunt D'arcy', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SF-1D9A06
Object type: GOUGE
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Suffolk
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A fragment of a copper alloy late Bronze Age socketed gouge. Only the tip of the blade end survives. This is crescent-shaped in cross-section, narrowing towards the outer blade end and expanding at the broken inner socket end. There is a circular indendation in the centre of the inner end, which is the remains of the inner end of socket. The surface of the metal is corroded and the break is well worn, but races of dark green patina survive on both faces. According to Pearce (1983, 43), socketed gouges 'appear to have begun in the Wilburton phase, and continued as part of the tool…
Created on: Wednesday 1st February 2017
Last updated: Friday 28th April 2017
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'near woodbridge', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SF-DB7617
Object type: SPEAR
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Suffolk
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A fragment of a copper alloy Mid to Late Bronze Age spearhead. The fragment comes from the outer tip of the spear, but it has lost all its diagnostic features and so the classification cannot be further refined. The central mid-rib is narrow and circular in cross section. To either side the blade tapers outwards, but the edges are all missing. The lower part of the spearhead including all of the socket is missing. The surface is pitted with corrosion, but a shiny brown patina remains in a few places. The mid-rib is high and this is more common on spearheads of mid-Bronze Age date. …
Created on: Tuesday 29th November 2016
Last updated: Wednesday 30th November 2016
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Bedfield', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SF-25A20A
Object type: KNIFE
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Suffolk
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A fragment of Bronze Age copper alloy, probably from knife or blade. The fragment has a symmetrical, shallow, pointed oval cross section giving two cutting edges. One end is rounded and has a circular hole through its centre, whilst there is an abrupt break across the other. There is significant damage around the edges. Both faces have a shiny dark brown patina. The fragment has few diagnostic features, but holes often feature at the hilt of blades and knives. See for example a more complete knife recorded with the PAS from Dorset (DOR-761B1C), a sword fragment from Cornwall (CORN-…
Created on: Wednesday 21st September 2016
Last updated: Thursday 31st August 2017
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Badingham', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SF-D7833C
Object type: VESSEL
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Norfolk
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A sherd of a Bronze Age or Iron Age vessel. The sherd come from the body of the vessel. The fabric is very hard and coarse, containing plentiful poorly sorted fragments of burnt flint (<5mm) and quartz sand. The outer surface is dark grey-brown in colour and the core and inner surface are mid-grey. Length: 31.61mm, width: 31.91mm, thickness: 9.27mm, weight: 9.65g
Created on: Wednesday 24th August 2016
Last updated: Wednesday 24th August 2016
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Hethersett', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SF-460F4A
Object type: AXE
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Norfolk
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
An incomplete Bronze Age developed narrow butted flat axe or palstave. The butt end is missing. The remaining section is triangular in shape, flaring very slightly at the blade end. It is rectangular in cross-section, becoming thicker towards the central break. The blade itself curves outwards gently and is bevelled. It is highly corroded with very worn edges and a pitted shiny dark brown patina on both faces. There are many parallel scratch marks on both faces. Length: 69.57mm, width at blade: 60.25mm, width at butt: 32.72, thickness: 10.85mm, weight: 180.64g
Created on: Wednesday 17th August 2016
Last updated: Tuesday 11th July 2017
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Hethersett', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SF-333182
Object type: AWL
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Suffolk
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A complete copper alloy awl, probably of late Bronze Age date. The shaft is sub-rectangular in section and tapers towards either end. One end is pointed, whilst the other is chisel shaped. It survives in very good condition with a fine green patina. It is difficult to date Bronze Age awls precisely, however, Ben Roberts, Curator, European Bronze Age, The British Museum (pers. comm.) suggests that they are likely to date to later in the period. The form changes little throughout time, however, and post-Bronze Age examples are also known. Many similar examples have been recorded on t…
Created on: Friday 29th April 2016
Last updated: Wednesday 4th May 2016
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Near Bury St Edmunds', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SF-CCDD1A
Object type: DEBITAGE
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Suffolk
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A complete flint Neolithic retouched flake. It is a secondary flake, roughly triangular in shape. A small amount of cortex remains to either side of the dorsal face. There is a small amount of short, sub-parallel, semi-abrupt retouch to the right side of the distal end on the ventral face. The bulb of percussion is prominant and the butt is narrow. There are strong ripple lines on the dorsal face. The flint is translucent orange in colour with a shiny surface and no patination. Length: 43.46mm, width: 38.46mm, thickness: 12.09mm, weight: 20.61g
Created on: Tuesday 12th April 2016
Last updated: Tuesday 12th April 2016
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Wickham Skeith', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SF-01C30F
Object type: SPEAR
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Suffolk
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A fragment of a probable socketed spear of Bronze Age date. Only the mid-rib section survives. This is long, narrow and tapering with a hollow interior and is circular in cross-section. Part of one face is missing and there are breaks visible around the socket end and along each side, presumably where blades would have extended originally. It is heavily corroded with only small amounts of the original surface surviving in places. The interior of the socketed is coated with bright green copper alloy corrosion. Without further diagnostic details its precise form and date cannot be de…
Created on: Monday 21st March 2016
Last updated: Tuesday 4th October 2016
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Redlingfield', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SF-B29386
Object type: KNIFE
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Suffolk
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A complete copper alloy late Bronze Age Thorndon type socketed double-edged knife. Only the inner end of the blade and a small part of the socket survive and these are extremely corroded with well worn breaks. The blade is oval in cross-section and begins to taper slightly just above the socket. Both edge appear to have been sharpened making this a double-edged knife. The socket is also oval in cross-section and is hollow all the way to the join with the blade. It also tapers slightly towards the outer end, but only a small portion survives. Socketed double-edged knives are charact…
Created on: Monday 22nd February 2016
Last updated: Thursday 12th May 2016
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Mildenhall', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SF-B43703
Object type: PALSTAVE
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Essex
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A fragment of a copper alloy middle Bronze Age palstave axe. Only a small section of the butt end of the palstave survives. This is rectangular in shape with a flange running along both side of both faces, each expanding slightly towards the centre creating a H shape in cross-section. The flanges extend almost to the end of the butt. The surface is heavily pitted and corroded with traces of a brown-orange patina in places. The break is worn. Without further diagnostic details the form of the palstave is uncertain, although it is likely to be an early or transitional type suggesting…
Created on: Wednesday 10th February 2016
Last updated: Tuesday 23rd August 2016
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Tolleshunt D'arcy', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SF-F5955E
Object type: SOCKETED AXEHEAD
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Suffolk
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A fragment of a copper alloy Bronze Age socketed axehead. Only a small fragment of the axe socket survives. There is a raised rim c.12mm wide around the outer face of the socket rim. What is left of the socket suggests that it was roughly rectangular in cross-section at the end. A small portion of one side of the axehead survives with a casting seam along its outer face. The surface of the metal is heavily corroded with a bright green patina and the breaks are all very worn. Socketed axes of this form were in use in Britain from c.1300-800 BC generally, but this probably belongs to…
Created on: Monday 1st February 2016
Last updated: Thursday 18th August 2016
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Brandon', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SF-64EBD4
Object type: BARBED AND TANGED ARROWHEAD
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Suffolk
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A complete flint early Bronze Age barbed and tanged arrowhead. It is triangular in shape. The tang is retangular shaped and the slightly shorter barbs are rounded - one barb is slightly longer than the other (probably Sutton B Type). Both faces are covered with covering, scaled, low angle retouch. It is heavily patinated with some orange staining in places. Barbed and tanged arrowheads are characteristic of the Neolithic/early Bronze Age transition to middle Bronze Age period, c.2400-1000 BC. Length: 28.12mm, width: 23.42mm, thickness: 5.75mm, weight: 2.68g
Created on: Monday 25th January 2016
Last updated: Friday 13th January 2017
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Sutton', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SF-C931F4
Object type: ARROWHEAD
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Suffolk
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
An incomplete copper alloy probable early Bronze Age arrowhead. It is triangular in shape with a slight barb to the one surviving side of the base. There is a narrow central mid-rib, which expands into a splayed tang at the base. A shiny dark brown patina survives in places, but there is heavy pitting and patches of bright green corrosion. There is significant damage around the edges making the original form difficult to discern in places and it is bent out of shape slightly. Early Bronze Age arrowheads are very rare finds in Britain and very few have been recorded on the PAS datab…
Created on: Wednesday 18th November 2015
Last updated: Monday 7th March 2016
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Worlingworth', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SF-30EAD3
Object type: SCRAPER (TOOL)
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Suffolk
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A complete flint scraper of probable Bronze Age date. It is roughly rectangular in shape with a curved distal end. It has very crude sub-parallel, abrupt, long retouch around the distal end and extending down both sides. There is thick white patination on both faces with some orange staining around the ridges, which the retouch has removed suggest reuse of an older, already patinated flake. The butt is narrow and the bulb of percussion prominant. The flint is mid-grey in colour. Length: 49.81mm, width: 37.97mm, thickness: 13.80mm, weight: 36.30g
Created on: Wednesday 11th November 2015
Last updated: Monday 7th March 2016
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Great Barton', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SF-885347
Object type: DIRK
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Suffolk
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A fragment of a middle Bronze Age dirk or rapier. Only the upper part of the blade and the lower part of the butt survive. The blade has a slightly rounded mid-section, curving outwards gently into flattened edges with no pronounced ridge, forming a rounded lozenge shape in cross-section. The shoulders are damaged and the original form of the butt is unclear, but the edges of two circular holes for attaching the hilt can be seen in the break. The object is highly corroded with damage and pitting on both faces and around the edges, but the remains of a dark brown-orange patina can be s…
Created on: Tuesday 3rd November 2015
Last updated: Wednesday 9th March 2016
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Bacton', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SF-E5EA1A
Object type: RAZOR
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Suffolk
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A fragment of a copper alloy possible late Bronze Age razor. It is roughly ovoid in shape and plano-convex in cross-section, with a broad, flat mid-rib and a flattened rim around the outside of both faces. The edges are all damaged and chipped, but it survives in fair condition with a bright green smooth patina. The damage to the edges makes the original form of the object impossible to determine, but it seems likely that it formed part of the blade of a razor. A number of similar more complete examples have been recorded with the PAS from elsewhere in the country, including LEIC-0…
Created on: Wednesday 14th October 2015
Last updated: Wednesday 9th March 2016
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Rushbrooke with Rougham', grid reference and parish protected.


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