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    • Broad period: BRONZE AGE
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Record ID: ESS-3965F0
Object type: ANVIL
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
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Cast copper alloy anvil of probable Bronze Age date, though possibly later. The item consists of a rectangular body, 41.9mm in length, 25.76mm in width and 18.76mm in thickness. The top edge of the body is faceted, with a ridge in the centre and two faces sloping down on either side. When viewed from the side, the body of the anvil is pentagonal in shape. There is a sub rectangular projection on the bottom edge of the body approx. 28.08mm long and 6.93mm thick. This projection is sub-ovoid in cross section, and tapers to become thinner both in width and in thickness toward the end. …
Created on: Thursday 23rd March 2017
Last updated: Friday 31st March 2017
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Record ID: HAMP-7C41DB
Object type: ANVIL
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Wiltshire
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A copper-alloy probable miniature anvil of uncertain date, probably dating between the Bronze Age and the early-modern period (c. 2350 BC - AD 1800). It consists of a rectangular body measuring 32.22mm in length, 27.03mm in width and 14.31mm in thickness with a conical projection (max. 8.35mm diameter and 14.30mm long) from one short edge and a triangular projection from one long edge. The triangular projection is pointed-oval in cross-section (max.16.5x6.8mm) and rough to touch, unlike the conical projection and rectangular body which are smooth and shiny. The triangular section does…
Created on: Monday 19th December 2016
Last updated: Tuesday 10th January 2017
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Chitterne', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: PUBLIC-B21001
Object type: ANVIL
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Dorset
Workflow stage: Published Find published
Bronze anvils like this were first produced in the later Middle Bronze Age (Ehrenberg 1981). This particular anvil is known as a 'complex anvil' in that it has a working face, a punching hole, a beak and a lengthy swage (apparently for forcing a sheet into premade shapes)--Although in this instance the swage looks almost like it could be hammered into a wooden base. Each feature is for working metal in a different way. BA anvils are typically small and were likely for working smaller items of copper alloy and precious metals. The composition of this anvil (a high tin bronze) would mak…
Created on: Wednesday 10th August 2016
Last updated: Thursday 7th December 2017
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'dorset', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: KENT-0278AC
Object type: ANVIL
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Kent
Workflow stage: Published Find published
An incomplete and very worn probable middle to late Bronze Age copper-alloy 'beaked' anvil c.1600-801BC (Ehrenberg 1981, 17). The anvil survives as a square body with two shanks from two of the straightish edges. Each shank is slightly pointed but very worn so full length is uncertain, each of the two 'blank' edges of the square body may be a break likely indicating further possible shanks or beaks but wear and patination obscures the detail. One maybe a V-Shaped working surface but it remains uncertain. One of these shanks may have been used to secure the anvil in wood and the other/…
Created on: Thursday 2nd June 2016
Last updated: Tuesday 22nd August 2017
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Record ID: NMS-15E1DC
Object type: ANVIL
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Norfolk
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Bronze Age complex anvil, cast copper alloy, with two beaks/spikes at right-angles. The larger beak/spike is triangular openwork with a gabled work surface on the straight end and a longitudinal swage or groove of V - shaped profile on both sides (Length 53.5mm, Width at straight end 19mm, thickness 13mm). The other beak/spike is collared where it springs from one side of the broad end of the triangular beak, is oval-sectioned and tapers to a point (projects 33mm, width/thickness at collar 14 x 10mm). Surface corroded and pitted. Weighs 43.44 g. Ehren…
Created on: Tuesday 22nd September 2015
Last updated: Thursday 21st July 2016
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Scarning', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: LANCUM-9CFBE3
Object type: ANVIL
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Lancashire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Probably an early Bronze Age anvil stone dating to between c2100 and c1500 BC.. It reminiscent of the Early Bronze Age anvil stones from a smiths grave at Lunteren in the Netherlands; see http://1501bc.com/page/rijks_museum_oudheden/0214038.JPG. It is incredibly heavy for its size (too heavy for the finds scales) and shows evidence of continual impacts that appear deliberately placed. It is as likely that the anvil was used in the production of gold items, as well as copper alloy objects. The iron staining on the face of the stone is probably due to a close encounter with a plough at …
Created on: Friday 8th March 2013
Last updated: Friday 22nd January 2016
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Dinckley', grid reference and parish protected.


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