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Record ID: SF-9DAF64
Object type: HOARD
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Suffolk
Workflow stage: Published Find published
Description: A hoard of seven Late Bronze Age fragments, including one socketed axe fragment, one possible blade fragment and five fragments of metalworking debris. The axe fragment comes from the mouth and socket. It is curved in profile and there is a raised rim across the outer face of the socket end. There is a casting seam running along the centre of the outer face, suggesting that it comes from the side of the axe. The fragment of blade come from the central mid-section and the outer edges are missing. It is hexagonal in cross-section with a flattened central section and inward…
Created on: Tuesday 9th August 2016
Last updated: Tuesday 23rd October 2018
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Stoke by Nayland', 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-A6C431
Object type: HOARD
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Suffolk
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Description: Two fragments of a single copper alloy palstave and two fragments of a single copper alloy dagger, both of middle Bronze Age date. The palstave survives in two pieces, which fit together perfectly confirming that they are from the same object. The butt end was found several months after the discovery of the blade end and the dagger, but in close proximity to the latter. The break lies across the stop ridge and reveals irregular depressions caused by air bubbles forming honeycomb effect on both sides. This suggests that the original casting was flawed and that the object w…
Created on: Tuesday 29th September 2015
Last updated: Thursday 12th April 2018
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Worlingworth', grid reference and parish protected.


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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-D83264
Object type: SPEAR
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Caerphilly
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
An almost complete Bronze Age side-looped spearhead. The leaf-shaped blade is 57.9mm in length, lozenge-shaped in cross-section, with a rounded central rib on both faces. The socket is hollow and flares outwards slightly towards the mouth. It is currently filled with soil. The mouth of the socket is bent inwards slightly to one side. The small, flattened, strip-shaped loops are situated about 11mm up the the socket and about 18mm below the blade. One of the loops has a slight break in its centre which appears to be due to errosion following deposition, rather than manufacture or wear.…
Created on: Thursday 18th February 2010
Last updated: Tuesday 20th February 2018
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Machen', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SF-3041F9
Object type: CHISEL
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Suffolk
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
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-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-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-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-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-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-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-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-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: 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: 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-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-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-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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