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Record ID: NMGW-9883F6
Object type: MOULD
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Swansea
Workflow stage: Published Find published
Middle Bronze Age bronze mould for casting palstaves of Group III, Low Flanged Type of Taunton Metalworking Industry and probably dated to c. 1400 - 1200BC The mould is represented by one valve of the pair, with a fragment missing from its base (blade end) (with a length of 197mm and a weight of 510.8g). The mouth (with a thickness of 14mm) is flat on its top surface and is damaged on one side. The exterior of the mould was circular-sectioned at its apex (with a diameter of 43.0mm) becoming hexagonal-sectioned at the neck, which has near straight and parallel sides as far as the positi…
Created on: Wednesday 2nd May 2018
Last updated: Thursday 3rd May 2018
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Record ID: NMGW-F4A584
Object type: DAGGER
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Swansea
Workflow stage: Published Find published
Early Bronze Age leaf-shaped, short tanged flint dagger of c. 2250 - 2000BC date The dagger is of 'Beaker Type' and is complete and comparatively small (with a length of 113.2mm, a maximum width of 40.2mm and a weight of 41.0g). The butt (with a length of 38mm) is of pointed V-shaped form. The form of the butt was likely to have been determined by a patch of rough cortex running along one edge of the butt and subsequently mirrored on the opposite side. The sides diverge (for a length of 28mm) before rounded notches on both sides (where the dagger has a width of 30.3mm) formed by pres…
Created on: Monday 1st August 2016
Last updated: Thursday 11th August 2016
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Record ID: NMGW-EAB966
Object type: CHISEL
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Swansea
Workflow stage: Published Find published
Bronze Age tanged and collared chisel of Late Bronze Age date, probably of Wilburton or Ewart Park metalworking industry, corresponding with Needham's (1996) Periods 6-7, dated to 1150 - 750BC. The chisel is incomplete missing nearly all the tang (with a surviving length of 50.8mm and a weight of 19.0g). The surviving part of the tang is short (at 3mm) and appears to be of sub-square section. The tang gradually widens to define a flanged shoulder/ "collar" moulding of sub-oval form, probably worn (15.2mm long and 13.3mm wide) and gradually narrows below the flanged shoulder. The si…
Created on: Monday 15th June 2015
Last updated: Thursday 5th October 2017
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'off uplands', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: NMGW-709985
Object type: BLADE
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Swansea
Workflow stage: Published Find published
Middle Bronze Age bronze blade, possibly a dirk of Group II blade with a damaged butt. The dirk is incomplete with some peripheral damage to the butt and some distortion (with a length of 131.4mm and a weight of 19.7g). The shoulders are eroded but are probably close to their original width (with a surviving width of 39.2mm). The original form of the hilt is now uncertain and there are no definitive arcs from rivet holes present along the edges although it is possible to suggest an arc at the apex, towards the more complete shoulder side. The butt is thinned (with a thickness at th…
Created on: Wednesday 4th March 2015
Last updated: Monday 2nd October 2017
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Record ID: NMGW-F0B7C3
Object type: BLADE
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Swansea
Workflow stage: Published Find published
Middle Bronze Age bronze blade, possibly a dirk of Group II or III blade with a damaged butt The dirk is incomplete with some peripheral damage to the butt and upper part of the blade (with a length of 135.2mm and a weight of 32.6 g). The top edge of the butt is damaged and irregular, with a number of arcs, possibly related to rivet holes but none of which may now be identified with any certainty. The dirk is thinnest at the butt (with a thickness of 0.8mm) and is widest across the eroded shoulders (with a surviving width of 38.7mm). The original form of the hilt is now uncertain…
Created on: Thursday 26th February 2015
Last updated: Monday 2nd October 2017
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Record ID: NMGW-487432
Object type: BLADE
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Swansea
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Middle Bronze Age bronze blade, possibly a dirk of Group IV blade with a damaged butt. The dirk is incomplete with some peripheral damage to the butt (with a length of 124.3mm and a weight of 29.3g). The shoulders are eroded but appear to have been comparatively broad (with a surviving width of 48.2mm) and is better preserved on one side. The original form of the hilt is now uncertain although it may have been of trapezoidal form with differential corrosion to the apex of the butt, which now has convergent sides. There are no definite rivet holes evident but there is a notch at t…
Created on: Wednesday 18th February 2015
Last updated: Monday 2nd October 2017
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Record ID: NMGW-7B449E
Object type: BARBED AND TANGED ARROWHEAD
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Swansea
Workflow stage: Published Find published
Early Bronze Age flint arrowhead of Barbed and Tanged type (c. 2500 -1800BC) The arrowhead is near-complete (with a length of 28.6mm, a width across the barbs of 15.1mm, a maximum thickness of 3.4mm and a weight of 1.2g), missing the end of the tip and is made on a convex flake. The flint is non-cortical and has differential pale-grey patination. The dorsal surface has extensive pressure-flaking while the ventral surface has a retouched edge and is gently convex.
Created on: Thursday 15th January 2015
Last updated: Wednesday 25th February 2015
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Record ID: NMGW-46A3A3
Object type: HAMMER
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Swansea
Workflow stage: Published Find published
Socketed bronze hammer probably of Late Bronze Age date (c. 1150 - 700BC) The hammer is fragmentary, broken across its width and is represented by just under half of the original (with a surviving width of 23mm and a weight of 40.9g). The whole length of the hammer is represented on the side (with a length of 52.2mm). The mouth suggests a square or rectangular body section (with external surviving dimensions of 22.3mm x 16.3mm and with an internal width of 16.7mm) and had a simple moulding (5-6mm long), now worn. There is no surviving evidence for casting runner stubs on the mouth …
Created on: Tuesday 25th November 2014
Last updated: Tuesday 19th September 2017
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Record ID: NMGW-4675A9
Object type: SOCKETED AXEHEAD
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Swansea
Workflow stage: Published Find published
Late Bronze Age bronze socketed tool fragment, probably an axe mouth fragment The tool is fragmentary, represented by a mouth fragment (with a surviving length of 22.6mm, a surviving width of 20.6mm and a weight of 6.0g). The mouth is near-straight for most of its length but appears to be turning at the break on one side. There is a prominent collar moulding, thickest at the mouth (at 4.0mm thick and 7.9mm long) and there is no surviving evidence for a casting stub on the mouth. There are no ribs present on the fragment. One side has an irregular break, while the other side, with t…
Created on: Tuesday 25th November 2014
Last updated: Tuesday 19th September 2017
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Record ID: NMGW-61B893
Object type: SICKLE
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Swansea
Workflow stage: Published Find published
Late Bronze Age socketed sickle of Ewart Park or Llyn Fawr metalworking, corresponding to Needham's (1996)[1] Periods 7 - 8, dated to 950 - 500BC. The sickle is fragmentary, represented by the incomplete socket and beginning of the blade (with a surviving length of 30.2mm and a weight of 18.1g). The socket is oval and is basal edge is undamaged (24.6mm long and 11.7mm wide, with internal dimensions of 23.1mm x 18-19mm). The socket is cast (1.3mm thick) without a visible casting seam and the side without the blade is straight. The top of the socket is damaged and has been slightly d…
Created on: Friday 14th November 2014
Last updated: Tuesday 19th September 2017
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Record ID: PUBLIC-096647
Object type: PIN
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Swansea
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Late Bronze Age copper alloy cup-headed pin The pin is complete (with a distorted length of 237mm, a straightened length of approximately 270mm and a weight of 32.7g). The head has a slightly oval mouth (13.4mm - 14.3mm external diameter, 12mm internal diameter and 3mm deep). The sides of the cup-head are straight and parallel before curving sharply to the shaft. The interior of the cup-head contains no discernible decoration and is filled with corrosion. The pin shaft is of circular section and has a prominent swelling beneath the head (positioned 20mm beneath the head and producin…
Created on: Tuesday 21st June 2011
Last updated: Friday 15th July 2011
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Record ID: PUBLIC-0919A7
Object type: SPEAR
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Swansea
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Bronze Age bronze socketed spearhead, of pegged type and of Greenwell and Brewis' (1909, 458-460) Type V. Class V spear heads are ascribed to the Wilburton and Ewart Park phases of the Late Bronze Age, corresponding with Needham's (1996) Periods 6 and 7, dated to 1150 - 750BC. The spearhead is complete (with a length of 113.8mm and a weight of 67.3g). The socket is near circular (with an external diameter at the mouth of 23.5-24.1mm, an internal diameter of 18mm and a thickness of 2.6mm). The sides of the socket are straight and convergent. The shaft was attached through two circul…
Created on: Tuesday 21st June 2011
Last updated: Thursday 23rd June 2011
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Record ID: NMGW-A4AAA4
Object type: AXE
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Swansea
Workflow stage: Published Find published
Probable Bronze Age fragment, possibly from an axe The bronze object is fragmented and with all edges rounded, possibly through water-rolling (with a length of 15.9mm, a width of 34.8mm, a thickness of 7.8mm and a weight 16.8g). The condition of the object makes any identification speculative. The fragment is of sub-triangular section, resembling the blade of an axe. The sides are not present and the faces are flat. The blade edge has been lost and there no surviving evidence for a socket base. The fragment has a dark green surface patina. The general shape of the bronze may suggest a…
Created on: Friday 12th March 2010
Last updated: Wednesday 13th September 2017
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Record ID: NMGW-A49A05
Object type: PALSTAVE
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Swansea
Workflow stage: Published Find published
Middle to Late Bronze Age axe fragment, probably from a palstave and possibly dating from c.1300 - 750BC The palstave is represented by a blade fragment, broken before the stop and missing the blade edge (with a surviving length of 50.9mm and a weight of 102.1g). The palstave body is near sub-rectangular at the break (with a width of 25.2mm and a thickness of 16.1mm); the blade faces are convex across their widths and the sides are slightly divergent to the mid points. The casting seam is discernable on the sides. The sides expand slightly towards the blade although any blade tips hav…
Created on: Friday 12th March 2010
Last updated: Wednesday 13th September 2017
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Record ID: NMGW-E7E1C2
Object type: WINGED AXEHEAD
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Swansea
Workflow stage: Published Find published
Late Bronze Age bronze end-winged axe, belonging to the Carp's Tongue complex of Ewart Park metalworking, corresponding to Needham's (1996) Period 7 and dated to c. 950-750BC. The winged axe is incomplete, missing both wings on the unlooped side (the axe has an overall length of 1360.9mm and a weight of 282.8g). The butt protrudes beyond the return of the wings (by 14mm) and expands to the end (with a width of 22.4mm and a thickness of 6.1mm). The end of the butt has two 'horns' each side of a central rectangular break, which would have been attached to the casting jet before remov…
Created on: Tuesday 8th December 2009
Last updated: Wednesday 13th September 2017
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Record ID: NMGW-A91D12
Object type: DIRK
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Swansea
Workflow stage: Published Find published
Middle Bronze Age bronze dirk of Group II or Group IV with Group II affinities (Burgess & Gerloff, 1981, p 62 - 65), perhaps dating to the Penard metalworking industry (c.1275-1120 BC following Needham et al. 1997), corresponding to the latter part of Needham's (1996) Period 5 (dated to 1500 - 1150BC). The dirk has a damaged butt and is eroded, but is otherwise complete (with a length of 159mm and a weight of 38.2g). The butt was trapezoidal (with a maximum surviving width of 45.5mm) without a central rib or notches. The butt appears to have broken through two rivet holes, position…
Created on: Friday 14th March 2008
Last updated: Wednesday 13th September 2017
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Record ID: NMGW-EF8FC1
Object type: FLANGED AXEHEAD
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Swansea
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Early Bronze Age, Bronze cast-flanged axe whose sides are straight and near parallel, curving outwards markedly near the blade, giving a splayed blade. The artefact has a flat shaped butt end, which tapers in section. Unusually, the butt end of the axe is pierced by a circular hole (6mm in diameter). This was made with care in antiquity, possibly by drilling into the metal with a circular implement from each side of the artefact, the hole breaking through the middle (as suggested by its slightly hourglass shaped profile). The hole is slightly offset from the centre of the butt, and…
Created on: Monday 6th November 2006
Last updated: Wednesday 15th January 2014
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Record ID: NMGW-743CA6
Object type: FLAT AXEHEAD
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Swansea
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Cast copper alloy flat axe which thickens towards the middle, with a thin, narrow and originally probably slightly rounded butt and a splayed blade. The edges of both the butt and the blade are damaged, and one face in particular is heavily corroded. Two distinct casting flaws are visible on the relatively uncorroded face of the axe. The sides of the blade more or less evenly curve outwards towards the cutting edge from a point situated slightly over one third of the length of the axe from the butt. The axe is undecorated. Longitudinal stritations visible on the relatively uncorro…
Created on: Thursday 19th October 2006
Last updated: Wednesday 15th January 2014
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Record ID: NMGW-89E573
Object type: FLAT AXEHEAD
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Swansea
Workflow stage: Published Find published
Early Bronze Age bronze flat axe of Type Migdale (following Schmidt and Burgess 1981) or Class 3D, Type Barton Stacey (following Needham et al. forthcoming), and dating to the Brithdir assemblage (c. 2200/2150 - 2050 BC) during Needham's (1996, pp 127 - 130) Period 2, c. 2,300 - 2,050BC. The flat axe is complete and has an overall length of 150.4mm and weighs 503.9g. The butt is square with a width of 24mm and is tapered to a thickness of 3mm. The sides are divergent and are straight for some 50mm before they become concave to the expanded blade. The sides are moderately flat acros…
Created on: Thursday 27th July 2006
Last updated: Tuesday 12th September 2017
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Record ID: NMGW-9E5977
Object type: KNIFE
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Swansea
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Early Bronze Age flint knife measuring 53mm length, 18.8mm width, 6.2mm thickness and weighing 6.8g
Created on: Tuesday 16th May 2006
Last updated: Wednesday 15th January 2014
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Record ID: NMGW-1C9B44
Object type: KNIFE
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Swansea
Workflow stage: Published Find published
An Early Bronze Age burnt flint plano-convex knife fragment measuring 25.2mm long, 17.4mm wide, 8.5mm thick and weighing 3.1g.
Created on: Tuesday 14th February 2006
Last updated: Wednesday 13th September 2017
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Record ID: NMGW-C9AAD6
Object type: ARROWHEAD
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Swansea
Workflow stage: Published Find published
An Early Bronze Age flint barbed and tanged arrowhead with one barb missing. The arrowhead measures 15.9mm long, 15.8mm wide, 3.0mm thick and weighs 0.6g.
Created on: Friday 10th February 2006
Last updated: Wednesday 13th September 2017
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Record ID: NMGW-463FD5
Object type: ARROWHEAD
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Swansea
Workflow stage: Published Find published
An Early Bronze Age flint barbed and tanged arrowhead measuring 24.4mm long, 20.7mm wide, 4.8mm thick and weighing 1.8g.
Created on: Thursday 18th August 2005
Last updated: Friday 15th September 2017
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Record ID: NMGW-301525
Object type: ARROWHEAD
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Swansea
Workflow stage: Published Find published
A Bronze Age flint barbed and tanged arrowhead measuring 21.1mm long, 17.2mm wide, 3.8mm thick and weighing 1.2g.
Created on: Wednesday 17th August 2005
Last updated: Friday 15th September 2017
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Record ID: NMGW-2FC036
Object type: ARROWHEAD
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Swansea
Workflow stage: Published Find published
A Bronze Age flint barbed and tanged arrowhead fragment measuring 18.9mm long, 13.7mm wide, 2.9mm thick and weighing 0.6g.
Created on: Wednesday 17th August 2005
Last updated: Friday 15th September 2017
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Record ID: NMGW-1975E5
Object type: BRACELET
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Swansea
Workflow stage: Published Find published
Cast bronze penanular bracelet possibly from the Ewart Park phase of the Late Bronze Age, c. 950-750BC. The bracelet is of circular section with a diameter of between 4.9 and 6.1mm. The terminals are expanded and are of circular section with diameters of between 9.0 and 9.8mm. The expanded terminals are central with respect to the hoop. The bracelet is oval with a maximum internal diameter of 60.5mm. The original surface of the bracelet has been lost and the current surface is pitted. The bracelet weighs 39.7g. The bracelet is difficult to date since there are few diagnostic features …
Created on: Monday 23rd May 2005
Last updated: Monday 21st August 2017
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Record ID: NMGW-8E8085
Object type: SPEAR
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Swansea
Workflow stage: Published Find published
Middle Bronze Age copper alloy side-looped spearhead, dating to the Taunton (Cenmaes) - Penard metalworking phases (c.1400-1100BC) (Needham et al. 1997), corresponding to Needham's (1996) Period 5 (c. 1500 - 1150BC). The spearhead is complete and is 149.4mm long and weighs 101.3g. The circular socket has an external diameter at the mouth of 19.2mm. Adhering to the inside of the socket is a ring of surviving wood from the spear shaft, (the spear was deposited or lost in a wetland esturine environment). The sides of the socket converge towards the blade. Midway between the blade and the…
Created on: Friday 22nd October 2004
Last updated: Thursday 17th August 2017
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Record ID: NMGW-C3E113
Object type: LITHIC IMPLEMENT
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Swansea
Workflow stage: Published Find published
One burnt Early Bronze Age flint plano-convex knife.
Created on: Monday 8th March 2004
Last updated: Friday 15th September 2017
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Record ID: NMGW-C3C886
Object type: KNIFE
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Swansea
Workflow stage: Published Find published
One early Bronze Age flint plano-convex knife.
Created on: Monday 8th March 2004
Last updated: Wednesday 16th August 2017
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Record ID: NMGW3182
Object type: RAPIER
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Swansea
Workflow stage: Published Find published
Tip of a slender rapier, which has been reworked and used as a short dirk. There are no ridges or ribs visible on the blade, which has a slightly flattened but rounded cross section. This suggests that the artefact was once a Group IV rapier (Burgess & Gerloff 1981, 62). It is not possible to assign this reworked artefact to individual type within the overall group since diagnostic features high up the blade and on the original butt have been lost. The top of the blade fragment has been reworked by flattening the blade, though without splaying it. A new butt was created by inserting t…
Created on: Wednesday 30th May 2001
Last updated: Thursday 24th February 2011
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Record ID: NMGW319
Object type: RAPIER
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Swansea
Workflow stage: Published Find published
Tip of a Middle Bronze Age rapier or dirk with a flattish mid-section and wide slightly bevelled edges. The surface of the fragment is corroded and its edges are damaged. The break is ancient. Surviving length 71.5mm, maximum surviving width 17mm, maximum surviving thickness 2.5mm. The fragment is an example of Burgess and Gerloff's Group IV (1981, 3, 62-112). It is not possible to identify which particular type of Group IV blade this fragment is an example of because the diagnostic features high up on the blade and butt have been lost.
Created on: Thursday 15th March 2001
Last updated: Thursday 24th February 2011
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Record ID: NMGW181
Object type: FLAKE
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Swansea
Workflow stage: Published Find published
Flint knife. Length 55.2mm, breadth 33.3mm, thickness 12.5mm, weight 21.8 grams.
Created on: Friday 12th November 1999
Last updated: Thursday 24th February 2011
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Port Eynon', grid reference and parish protected.


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