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Record ID: DOR-7D9C3B
Object type: PALSTAVE
Broad period: ROMAN
County: Dorset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A fragment of copper alloy palstave axehead. The tapering butt and partial side flanges only remaining.The surface has a patchy smooth brown patina with areas of spreading green corrosion. Date: Middle Bronze Age - 1600 - 1000 BC Dimensions 42.22 mm x 23.78 mm x 14.01 mm Weight: 40.33 g
Created on: Saturday 16th February 2019
Last updated: Monday 18th February 2019
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Record ID: HAMP-CEA8F1
Object type: PALSTAVE
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Dorset
Workflow stage: Published Find published
A Middle to Late Bronze Age palstave axehead of Transitional or Late type, dating to the Penard or Wilburton phase (MBA III to LBA I; 1100 - 900 BC). The stop ridge is almost halfway between cutting edge and butt end (giving a long butt end) and both faces feature a high stop ridge and prominent central mid-rib, the face angled to either side. The butt end has rounded corners, perhaps through damage, and the flanges though damaged at their beginning do not begin for circa half the length of the butt end. Just above the stop ridge, the depth between ridge and face of the butt end is 12.…
Created on: Wednesday 2nd January 2019
Last updated: Wednesday 23rd January 2019
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'St. Leonards and St. Ives', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: DOR-EA2008
Object type: PALSTAVE
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Dorset
Workflow stage: Published Find published
A fragment of a copper alloy palstave axe, probably dating to 1500 BC to 1150 BC. The flared, crescentic cutting edge only remains. It has a rectangular cross section. The surface is lightly corroded and pitted. Date: Middle Bronze Age Length: 26.70 mm Width: 34.37 mm Thickness: 9.93 mm Weight: 32.53 g
Created on: Friday 18th May 2018
Last updated: Tuesday 26th February 2019
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Record ID: DOR-0BCB5D
Object type: PALSTAVE
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Dorset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A copper alloy looped palstave axehead. The cutting edge is crescentic with a slight flare at one edge. The butt us also slightly curved. The septum is rectangular with a deep stop ridge. The flanges are lozenge shaped, The blade tapers back to the stop ridge where there are two cast decorative ridges on each face forming a V-shape. On one side is a corroded curved side loop. The surfaces are corroded and pitted, obscuring any casting lines. Dimensions: 124.36 mm x 44.04 mm x 26.30 mm Date: Middle Bronze Age c. 1500 - 1300 The axehead probably fits into Needham's group III and t…
Created on: Tuesday 19th September 2017
Last updated: Monday 25th September 2017
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Record ID: WILT-46374E
Object type: PALSTAVE
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Dorset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
An almost complete cast copper alloy palstave of Middle Bronze Age dating to the period c.1500-1300 BC. The palstave has a U-shaped pattern below the stop ridge, and raised flange facets. The blade of the palstave is sub-triangular in plan, with convex expanding sides and convex damaged cutting edge. In profile the blade is sub-triangular with the widest section being after the stop ridge. The blade, from the cutting edge to the stop ridge, is 66.42mm in length and 22.86 thick, measured close to the stop ridge. The cutting edge is 41.60mm in width and 2.72mm thick. Beneath the s…
Created on: Monday 29th February 2016
Last updated: Thursday 31st March 2016
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Record ID: WILT-B88605
Object type: PALSTAVE
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Dorset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A fragment of a Middle Bronze Age copper-alloy palstave (c 1600 BC - c 1001 BC). This blade fragment is rectangular in cross section with convex sides. From the old transverse break at the top, the sides flare evenly to the cutting edge which is evenly curved in plan. No casting seams or decoration are present. This palstave has a green patina.. Length of remains of blade: 43.68mm; width at widest point near cutting edge 26.58: width at broken end 18.90mm; thickness at broken end 8.75mm narrowing to thickness at cutting edge of 2.65mm. Weight: 37.31g.
Created on: Monday 12th October 2015
Last updated: Monday 12th October 2015
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Record ID: BH-834EB6
Object type: PALSTAVE
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Dorset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A fragment of a Middle Bronze Age palstave. The piece, which represents the top of the implement, is wedge-shaped, its thickness gradually decreasing towards the rounded apex. Parts of the right-angled side flanges can be seen on both the front and back of the piece. The break is well patinated, indicating that the damage occurred in antiquity. Length: 24mm; width: 27.2mm; thickness: 8.8mm. Weight: 16.82g.
Created on: Wednesday 10th June 2015
Last updated: Friday 4th September 2015
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Tarrant Hinton', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: DOR-727748
Object type: PALSTAVE
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Dorset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A copper alloy Palstave axe head with a shield pattern and mid-rib. The palstave has a widely flared blade, with a deeply out curved, crescentic cutting edge.The cutting edge has a wide and prominent blade facet. There is a prominent mid-rib extending for about half the length of the blade on both faces. The side flanges are lentoid, tapering to the butt and the start of the blade. The flange edges are vertical. The rear part of the axe (from the stop ridge to the butt) is sub-rectangular in plan and sub-triangular in profile; the sides are parallel. In section the butt has a H shaped…
Created on: Thursday 30th May 2013
Last updated: Wednesday 30th July 2014
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Iwerne Minster', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: DOR-27AD88
Object type: PALSTAVE
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Dorset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A copper alloy Palstave axe head. The palstave has a widely flared blade, with a deeply out curved cutting edge. In profile the palstave is lentoid with the widest section being before and after the stop ridge - where it tapers to form the butt and blade. There is a prominent mid-rib extending for about half the length of the blade on both faces. The rear part of the axe (from the stop ridge to the butt) is sub-rectangular in plan and sub-triangular in profile; the sides are parallel. In section the butt has a H shaped cross section. The flange facets are fused to the stop ridge - th…
Created on: Thursday 2nd May 2013
Last updated: Friday 17th May 2013
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Near Poole', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: DOR-8D4C40
Object type: PALSTAVE
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Dorset
Workflow stage: Published Find published
A cast copper alloy (bronze) looped transitional type palstave of later Middle or Late Bronze Age date (1250-1000 BC) - most probably associated with the Taunton and Penard phases. The palstave has a flared blade, wider than the butt, with a curved cutting edge. In profile the palstave is lentoid with the widest section being before and after the stop ridge - where it tapers to form the butt and blade. The blade (measured from the cutting edge to the stop ridge) is 91.35mm long and the width of cutting edge is 48.88 mm. The thickness of the blade tip is 2.14 mm. The maximum thic…
Created on: Monday 11th February 2013
Last updated: Friday 22nd March 2013
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Iwerne Minster', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: HAMP-3D44F6
Object type: PALSTAVE
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Dorset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A small, corroded cast copper-alloy fragment probably comprising the butt of a palstave axe of Middle Bronze Age date. The object is sub-trapezoidal in form, with a ragged break. It narrows from its maximum thickness at the break to a minimum at the terminal. Emergent flanges are faintly visible at the sides. The object has a dark-green patina where it survives; it is otherwise light green or orange/brown as a result of corrosion.
Created on: Tuesday 24th August 2010
Last updated: Friday 8th October 2010
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Sturminster Marshall CP', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SOMDOR-4D78E5
Object type: PALSTAVE
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Dorset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A cast copper alloy palstave of Middle Bronze Age date. The unlooped palstave measures 120mm in length by 62.8mm (width across cutting edge) by 30.6mm and weighs 307g. The widely splayed cutting edge is crescentic with well-defined slightly squared blade tips. The butt is slightly expanded and the end is damaged with a small part missing. The stop ridge is squared and the side flanges are rounded and taper to a point at the butt end. This palstave is an example of the Acton Park 'shield-pattern' type.
Created on: Monday 22nd January 2007
Last updated: Thursday 24th February 2011
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Bournemouth', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SOMDOR-50EF71
Object type: PALSTAVE
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Dorset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A copper alloy palstave axe of Middle Bronze Age date. It is complete with high, curving flanges and a deep hafting recess with high, concave stops. The sides flare out into the crescent shaped blade, the surface of which is slightly rippled. Casting ridges are visible on both of the flanged sides. Much of the original surface is retained under iron deposits generated by soil conditions. Dimensions: 148.5 mm x 61.93 mm x 35.75 mm.
Created on: Thursday 7th October 2004
Last updated: Thursday 2nd February 2017
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