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    • Broad period: BRONZE AGE
    • Created by: Anna Tyacke

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Record ID: CORN-DC1D01
Object type: AWL
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Cornwall
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Cast copper alloy awl, sub-triangular in plan, rectangular in profile and ovate in section. The awl tapers in plan from the rounded spatulated end which is 14.6 mm wide, and sub-rectangular in section, to the pointed end which is 3 mm wide and circular in section. The awl is heavily patinated and has taken a lot of damage around the nib leaving it distorted and with several deep cuts across its surface. Some awls may have been hafted in to a wooden or bone handle and this flattened butt end may have made for better hafting. Plain copper-alloy awls are hard to date precisely, but ones o…
Created on: Sunday 28th January 2018
Last updated: Thursday 8th February 2018
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Record ID: CORN-D78C78
Object type: RAZOR
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: West Berkshire
Workflow stage: Published Find published
Cast copper alloy 'Hallstatt' razor of Type Unterstall or Poiseul (Matt Knight pers comm) that dates from the Lyn Fawr phase of the Late Bronze Age to the Early Iron Age, c.800-600 BC. The razor is trapezoidal in plan with two suspension loops above a row of four 'hanging triangles' or triangular openwork. The blade edge is only 2 mm in thickness. There is some damage to each side of the blade where it expands to a pointed apex, now missing. There is a small patch of green corrosion where one of these edges is folded, but apart from that, the razor is in an excellent and stable conditi…
Created on: Thursday 16th November 2017
Last updated: Wednesday 31st January 2018
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Record ID: CORN-D77F3D
Object type: HAMMER
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Wiltshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Cast copper alloy socketed hammer, rectangular in plan and sub-rectangular in section below the raised collar, with three ribs on either face, that dates from the Late Bronze Age (c.1000-800 BC). The mid-rib is more pronounced than those on either side, measuring 3 mm in height. All of the ribs are 5 mm in thickness. There are pronounced casting seams down both sides of the hammer that are 1.5 mm in thickness, suggesting that the hammer was unfinished as these have not been filed down. There is no evidence of it having any side loop. The collar is 5 mm deep and protrudes 3 mm outwards …
Created on: Thursday 16th November 2017
Last updated: Wednesday 31st January 2018
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Record ID: CORN-D746F1
Object type: RAZOR
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Cambridgeshire
Workflow stage: Published Find published
Cast copper alloy tanged bifid razor with six vertical grooves on one face and five grooves on the other which are unevenly spaced and extend below a circular perforation to the tang. The circular perforation is 3 mm in diameter and 4 mm in from the V-shaped notch above which is 19 mm long and 9 mm wide at the opening. The base of the blades on either side of the tang are slightly concave leading to heel-shaped corners which then curve outwards around the perforation and inwards again towards the notch. The blades are almost semi-circular in plan and are 60 mm long and together they ar…
Created on: Thursday 16th November 2017
Last updated: Wednesday 31st January 2018
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Record ID: CORN-D72EF2
Object type: SPEAR
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Cambridgeshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Cast copper alloy socketed side-looped spearhead with a plain short kite-shaped blade with a lozenge cross section and slightly channelled blade faces (Matt Knight pers comm). The blade is 33 mm long and expands to a width of 20.5 mm, with a bevelled edge that is 3 mm wide at the widest point of the blade. Below the blade on each side of the socket there is a side loop for binding the spearhead to the spear shaft. The side loops are lozenge-shaped in profile and are 16 mm long, 8 mm wide and 2 mm thick. The socket is circular in section and has an internal diameter of 14 mm and an exte…
Created on: Thursday 16th November 2017
Last updated: Sunday 28th January 2018
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Record ID: CORN-2E639A
Object type: MULLER
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Cornwall
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Fine-grained granite elvan muller or rubbing stone. The muller is oval in plan, with two rounded ends, and plano-convex in profile, with a convex upper face and a flat base. The flat, smooth base was used for rubbing, and the upper face convex so that it could be held and pushed across a base for grinding. The muller would have been used with a larger saddle quern to grind grain between the stones to make flour. The granite is fine grained and contains muscovite or mica, tourmaline and felspars. The soft felspars would work into hollows and the hard tourmaline would stand proud of the …
Created on: Wednesday 28th June 2017
Last updated: Wednesday 12th July 2017
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Record ID: CORN-2E4F62
Object type: HAMMERSTONE
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Cornwall
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A complete greenstone hammerstone. A flattened oval in plan and in section and sub-rectangular in profile. The entire surface has been pecked to form a symmetrical, sub-cylindrical shape which would have been comfortable in the hand, with one face almost flat and the opposite face slightly convex. Both ends have been flattened and are slightly worn through use as a hammerstone. The flatter of the two faces is very slightly worn and may have been used for rubbing whilst the convex face is slightly pitted and may also have been used as a hammerstone. Jones and Taylor (2010) describe two…
Created on: Wednesday 28th June 2017
Last updated: Wednesday 12th July 2017
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Record ID: CORN-25A252
Object type: MULLER
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Cornwall
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A single-sided muller or rubbing stone of fine-grained granite elvan. The muller is circular in plan, plano-convex in section and in profile. The base of the muller is flat and smooth through use as a rubbing implement and the upper face is convex so it could have been held and pushed across another stone. The muller would have been used with a larger saddle quern to grind grain between the stones to make flour. The granite is fine grained and contains inclusions of dark tourmaline and pale feldspar phenocrysts. The soft feldspar would work into hollows and the hard tourmaline would st…
Created on: Thursday 15th June 2017
Last updated: Tuesday 19th September 2017
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Record ID: CORN-258C8B
Object type: MULLER
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Cornwall
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Incomplete medium-grained megacrystic granite double-sided muller or rubbing stone. The muller is semi-circular in plan, with one rounded complete end and one broken straight edge, and rectangular in section. Both faces of the muller are flat and smooth as they were used for rubbing, but one side may have originally been convex so that it could be held and pushed across a base for grinding. The muller would have been used with a larger saddle quern to grind grain between the stones to make flour. The granite is medium-grained, megacrystic granite with pale feldspar inclusions varying f…
Created on: Thursday 15th June 2017
Last updated: Tuesday 19th September 2017
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Record ID: CORN-687982
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Cornwall
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A complete whetstone of medium brown sandstone. The object is a narrow, tapered rectangle, with rounded corners, in plan, and plano-convex in profile and section. The ventral face is almost flat with two very slightly dished areas either side of the mid-point. The tool is thinner at the wide end, becoming thicker towards the narrower end. When viewed from the dorsal side, the left-hand edge is flat and highly polished through continuous use; the right-hand edge is less highly polished, flat in places but convex towards the wider end and has also been used as a whetstone to sharpen meta…
Created on: Tuesday 18th April 2017
Last updated: Thursday 8th June 2017
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Record ID: CORN-2A974E
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Cornwall
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A sandstone whetstone with bevelled end. Trapezoid in plan, sub-rectangular in profile and ovate in section. Made from a local beach pebble, all the edges are rounded and the surfaces of the implement are generally smooth. There are two patches of percussion marks, one on each of the broader surfaces, close to the wider, proximal end of the object. The narrow distal end of the tool has been rubbed smooth from both sides to produce a bevelled edge. The sharp edge of the bevel has been worn through use. There is a small area of pecking at the proximal end of the shorter side edge of the …
Created on: Monday 3rd April 2017
Last updated: Wednesday 5th April 2017
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Record ID: CORN-2A75D1
Object type: PESTLE
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Cornwall
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A fine-grained hammerstone or pestle, sub-rectangular in plan and section and ovate in profile. It is slightly wider at its distal end but fits comfortably in the hand however it is held and appears to have been used to exploit several of its surfaces for different purposes. The slightly flattened ventral face is pecked and uneven, suggesting use as a hammerstone; the distal end is smooth and the right side of the implement, when viewed from the ventral face, is flat and smooth, and it is likely that both of these surfaces have been used for grinding as a pestle. At the junction betwee…
Created on: Monday 3rd April 2017
Last updated: Wednesday 5th April 2017
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Record ID: CORN-2A69F6
Object type: MULLER
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Cornwall
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A muller or rubbing stone with a cup-mark on one side, ovate in plan, sub-rectangular in profile and section. The dorsal face is flat with rounded edges and the two adjacent sides have been shaped by two central, pecked indentations to form a slight waist which enables the implement to be held comfortably in the hand. The original cobble has been split to produce a flat ventral face, resulting in an implement with a wide flat surface which would have been suitable for rubbing or grinding. A pecked indentation, or cup mark, 30 mm in diameter and 4 mm in depth has been formed at the cent…
Created on: Monday 3rd April 2017
Last updated: Wednesday 5th April 2017
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Record ID: CORN-29104D
Object type: FLAKE
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Cornwall
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A flint cutting flake, hexagonal in plan, rhomboidal in profile and plano-convex in section. A secondary flake with a patch of cortex remaining on the distal third of the dorsal face. The remnant of the striking platform is visible at the proximal end, together with a very clear point of percussion. A large bulb of percussion is visible at the proximal end of the ventral face, together with a small bulbar scar. Conchoidal ripples are faintly visible towards the distal end of the ventral face. The dorsal face bears the scars of the removal of four earlier flakes. When viewed from the do…
Created on: Monday 3rd April 2017
Last updated: Wednesday 5th April 2017
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Record ID: CORN-29093D
Object type: FLAKE
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Cornwall
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A flint notched and serrated flake, sub-oval in plan, plano-convex in profile and in section. Made on a secondary flake with a layer of cortex remaining on about half of the dorsal face. The point of percussion is visible at the proximal end but impurities in the flint have resulted in a lack of a bulb of percussion although the conchoidal ripples are clearly visible across the ventral face. The dorsal face bears the scar of the removal of at least one earlier flake. Several small flakes have been removed at the proximal end of the dorsal face, resulting in a notched edge with a short …
Created on: Monday 3rd April 2017
Last updated: Wednesday 5th April 2017
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Record ID: CORN-28FE38
Object type: SCRAPER (TOOL)
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Cornwall
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A flint hollow scraper, trapezoidal in plan, triangular in profile and in section. Made on a secondary flake with a large layer of cortex remaining at the distal end of the dorsal face. Any evidence of a bulb of percussion has been lost by the removal of two shallow flakes from the ventral face, left of the point of percussion, which is still visible within a very small patch of cortex at the proximal end. A third shallow flake has been removed from the ventral face close to the right margin. The cortex at the proximal end of the dorsal face has been removed by the removal of at least …
Created on: Monday 3rd April 2017
Last updated: Wednesday 5th April 2017
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Record ID: CORN-287F15
Object type: SCRAPER (TOOL)
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Cornwall
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A flint horned scraper, sub-rectangular in plan, an elongated rectangle in profile and plano-convex in section. A primary flake, with a pronounced bulb of percussion visible on the ventral face at the proximal end, adjacent to the point of percussion. The proximal end of the flake is damaged at its margin with the dorsal face. At the distal end a steep, wide flake has been removed from the dorsal face, resulting in a concave edge which has then been retouched along this margin of the dorsal face to be used as a scraping tool. The surface of the flint on the ventral face is a mottled li…
Created on: Monday 3rd April 2017
Last updated: Wednesday 5th April 2017
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Record ID: CORN-2733EB
Object type: END SCRAPER
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Cornwall
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A crude flint end scraper, sub-oval in plan, plano-convex in profile and triangular in section. Made on a primary flake with a layer of cortex remaining on the whole of the dorsal surface. A small bulb of percussion is visible at the proximal end of the ventral face, adjacent to a clear point of percussion. There is a sharp change of angle on the ventral face about 12 mm from the point of percussion, representing the intersection between the face of the flake and the remnant of an earlier flake removal. Several steep, shallow flakes have been removed from the dorsal face at its margin …
Created on: Monday 3rd April 2017
Last updated: Wednesday 5th April 2017
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Record ID: CORN-BBA689
Object type: POT
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Cornwall
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Pottery body sherd of a storage vessel, likely from the Middle Bronze Age (c.1600-1200 BC) but without decoration to confirm a date within the 2nd millennium BC. The fabric is a gabbroic (clay that weathers over the gabbro stone on the Lizard) with inclusions of pale feslpar, dark augite and mica. The colour of the fabric is a light brown interior to more oxidised orange exterior. The curvature of the upper edge of the sherd suggests that the original diameter of the vessel would have been about 500 mm in diameter. The fabric, thickness and curvature is typical of what is locally terme…
Created on: Wednesday 29th March 2017
Last updated: Thursday 6th April 2017
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Record ID: CORN-3B62D1
Object type: SWORD
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Cornwall
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Two fragments of a cast copper alloy sword, part of the hilt and part of the blade, which are not connected. The hilt is lozenge-shaped in plan and in section, broken between the hilt tang and its shoulders at one edge and between the shoulders and the beginning of the blade at the other edge. There is a raised and rounded mid-rib that rises about 3 mm above the surface of the hilt on both broken edges and averages about 12 mm in width, and a rivet hole that is half way along the angled outer edge and 3.5 mm in diameter. The blade is rectangular in plan and lozenge-shaped in section, w…
Created on: Wednesday 28th December 2016
Last updated: Wednesday 19th July 2017
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