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    • Broad period: BRONZE AGE
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    • County: Somerset

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Record ID: SOM-DCCED7
Object type: SPEAR
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Somerset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A small fragment of copper alloy, probably from the tip of a spearhead of middle to late Bronze Age date: 1500-800 BC. The fragment is lentoid in cross-section, creating a slight ridge along the centre of both faces. It is very worn and pitted and the edges are damaged. It is difficult to see whether the end of the socket is visible within the break due to this damage and the small size of the fragment. The form of the original spearhead is impossible to determine and so it is difficult to date beyond middle to late Bronze Age. Length: 27.21mm, Width: 15.65mm, Thickness: 2.87mm, We…
Created on: Wednesday 14th July 2010
Last updated: Tuesday 20th February 2018
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Chewton Mendip', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SOM-CA4312
Object type: AXE
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Somerset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Fragment of a copper alloy Bronze Age socketed axe. The object is very worn and pitted with smoothed edges, though traces of a shiny greenish patina remain in places. The butt end is missing, all that remains is the blade. The cutting edge curves strongly outwards, and the sides of the blade slope inwards towards the break. The inner end of the socket is just visible as a slight indentation with a ridge forming around it where the rest of the socket has broken away. This axe is of late Bronze Age date, c.1150-800 BC. Length: 37.33mm, Width: 34.34mm, Thickness: 13.34mm, Weight: 6…
Created on: Thursday 1st July 2010
Last updated: Thursday 8th July 2010
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Ashill', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SOM-49F1B2
Object type: SCRAPER (TOOL)
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Somerset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A small flint thumbnail scraper, probably of early Bronze Age date. A secondary flake has been used; cortex still covers around 50% of the dorsal face. Crude and sporadic sub-parallel, long, semi-abrupt retouch extends from the proximal end of the left edge of the dorsal face, around the curved distal end, to around half way down the right edge. The butt is fairly small. The bulb appears to be fairly diffuse, but the majority has been reoved via a small flake. The flint is dark brown with a shiny patina. Length: 21.68, Width: 17.85mm, Thickness: 9.88mm, Weight: 3.64g
Created on: Friday 25th June 2010
Last updated: Monday 9th August 2010
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Yeovil', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SOM-16BC40
Object type: ARROWHEAD
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Somerset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Small, incomplete flint tanged arrowhead of early Bronze Age date. Semi-abrupt to low-angle, covering retouch can be seen on both faces. Both sides of the butt end curve inwards (one side more strongly than the other), creating a central 'tang'. The tip of the arrowhead is missing. There is a small amount of chipping and cracking in places, which appears to have occured following deposition. The flint is mid brown-grey in colour with a shiny patina. Length: 19.18mm, Width: 15.67mm, Thickness: 5.98mm, Weight: 1.7g
Created on: Tuesday 9th February 2010
Last updated: Thursday 24th February 2011
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Carhampton', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SOM-163940
Object type: AXE
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Somerset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Fragment of a copper alloy Bronze Age flanged axe or palstave. The object is very worn and pitted, with smoothed edges. The butt end is missing, all that remains is the blade. The cutting edge curves strongly outwards, and the sides of the blade curve inwards slightly, creating a fan-like shape. Although the object is very worn, the beginnings of side flanges can be seen along the sides on both faces towards the break. Because the central portion of the object is missing there is no evidence of a stop-ridge, so the object could be either a flanged axe or palstave. Given this it will ce…
Created on: Tuesday 9th February 2010
Last updated: Thursday 24th February 2011
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Carhampton', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SOM-92B926
Object type: END SCRAPER
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Somerset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Flint thumbnail scraper, created from a secondary flake, probably dating to the Neolithic or early Bronze Age. The ventral face is slightly convex in shape, becoming concave at the edge, with a diffuse bulb of percussion and wide striking platform. The dorsal face has one large flaking scar and a smaller one towards the proximal end, still covered in cortex. Short, scaled, semi-abrupt to abrupt retouch can be seen around the edge of the wide, rounded proximal end, extending along the right edge, where is becomes more invasive. The flint is grey-brown in colour with a shiny patina. …
Created on: Friday 5th June 2009
Last updated: Thursday 24th February 2011
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Merriott', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SOM-9D6B96
Object type: THUMB NAIL SCRAPER
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Somerset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Flint thumb nail scraper, made from a secondary flake, of probable Early Bronze Age date. Diffuse ripples and a wide butt suggest that a large, soft hammer was probably used. The majority of the dorsal face is covered with brown, chalky, cortex. The distal end shows semi-abrupt, long, parallel retouch. This retouch continues along the left edge, becoming shorter and abrupt. The flint is dark grey-brown in colour, with milky, blotched patination. Length: 25.55mm, Width: 23.67mm, Thickness: 7.21mm Weight: 4.67g
Created on: Monday 6th April 2009
Last updated: Tuesday 27th September 2016
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Ilminster', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SOM-649A51
Object type: SPEAR
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Somerset
Workflow stage: Published Find published
An incomplete cast copper alloy Middle Bronze Age basal loop spearhead, broken into two pieces. The blade is 'flame' shaped with low blade ribs. The loops are incorporated into the curved base and the loop plates squeezed inwards slightly. One loop is slightly misformed. The midrib section is lozenge shaped and then the stem circular in section. The socket is slightly splayed towards the end. The object remains in very good condition generally and is finely worked. The point of maximum width is approx. 27% up the blade, making this a Davis type 2, which was the largest group in …
Created on: Friday 3rd April 2009
Last updated: Thursday 24th February 2011
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Stocklinch', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SOM-D70103
Object type: METAL WORKING DEBRIS
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Somerset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Lump or 'cake' of copper alloy metal working debris. The lump has a flat base, mishapen sides and a rounded top with a sub-circular depression roughly in the centre. Such objects are often indicative of Bronze Age metalworking. However, due to their basic form and consequent lack of diagnostic features they are largely undateable, unless found in association with other dateable objects. Width: 36.22, Thickness: 25.8 Weight: 107g
Created on: Thursday 19th February 2009
Last updated: Thursday 24th February 2011
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Near east Lydeard', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SOM-9810A6
Object type: PALSTAVE
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Somerset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Fragment of the butt of a Bronze Age palstave axe. The fragment is wedge shaped with raised edges of each side creating a 'H' shaped profile. The fragment is in fairly poor condition; it is eroded and pitted with very rounded edges. However, a small amount of dark-green, shiny patina can be seen in a few places. The small size and worn condition of the fragment makes it difficult to determine the original form of the palstave. However, it probably dates to the mid Bronze Age. Length: 28.6mm, Width: 21.7mm, Thickness: 10.2mm Weight: 23.4g
Created on: Monday 16th February 2009
Last updated: Thursday 24th February 2011
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Near Spaxton', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SOM-19C702
Object type: SCRAPER (TOOL)
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Somerset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A flint thumbnail scraper, made from a retouched tertiary waste flake. The ventral face is very slightly convex and the bulb of purcussion appears to have been removed by a recent break. The dorsal face has three flaking scars, surrounded on three edges by semi-abrupt to abrupt retouch. The distal end has a slightly rolled edge resulting from later damage probably through ploughing or similar action. There is a large flake missing at the proximal end, which appears to have occured naturally following deposition. The flint is green-grey-whitish in colour, with a milky patina which has o…
Created on: Monday 17th November 2008
Last updated: Thursday 24th February 2011
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Near Corton Denham', grid reference and parish protected.


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