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    • Broad period: BRONZE AGE
    • Object type: MINIATURE OBJECT

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Record ID: NMS-4436A4
Object type: MINIATURE OBJECT
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Norfolk
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Complete copper-alloy miniature developed flat axe dating to the late Early/early Middle Bronze Age. The axe has a narrow butt with moderately concave sides. Initially the sides are only slightly flaring but in the last 20% of its length the width increases by another 50% to form the curved cutting edge. In profile, the axe is lenticular with the maximum thickness at the centre of its length. Dimensions: 34.4mm in length, 12.0mm in max.width, 4.2mm in max.thickness and weighs 4.97g. The axe appears to be modelled on the Class 3 non-flanged axe types of Period 2 circa 2100-1900 BC. It…
Created on: Friday 14th December 2018
Last updated: Monday 17th December 2018
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Record ID: BH-AED714
Object type: MINIATURE OBJECT
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Hertfordshire
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An incomplete miniature copper-alloy object, possibly an axe dating from the Late Bronze Age to Roman period (c. 1200 BC - AD 400). The axe is wedge shaped and sub-rectangular in cross-section with one wedge shaped end and the other end rounded. One face is flat while the other is concaved. One of the long edges is damaged in the form of an irregular triangular notch. There are no signs of decoration but there are small patches of a black coating on one of the edges. The rest of the object has a mid-green patina. The object measures 34.5mm in length, has a maximum width of 19mm and a m…
Created on: Thursday 1st November 2018
Last updated: Friday 2nd November 2018
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Record ID: WMID-EFD2EE
Object type: MINIATURE OBJECT
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Shropshire
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A complete miniature Palstave of the Middle Bronze Age, dating from c. 1, 300 B.C - 1,200 B.C. The palstave is broadly rectangular in plan and is lentoid in profile. There are raised ridges on the outer edge of each side forming a H shape in profile at the butt end. The butt is slightly concave and tapers to a rounded rectangular end. Slightly off centre is a raised horizontal mid rib with a three pronged head decoration, forming a trident pattern and two ovular depressions in the surface. The blade is triangular and flares out, the cutting edge is visible, and tapers to a sharp edge.…
Created on: Friday 18th May 2018
Last updated: Friday 8th June 2018
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Record ID: SUSS-63EAE7
Object type: MINIATURE OBJECT
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: West Sussex
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Miniature axe or axe-chisel of Bronze age to Roman date (2150 BC- 410 AD). The object is similar to solid flat axes with a tapering blade, resembling a miniature version of the earliest and simplest solid cast copper alloy axe-heads. The sides are slightly curved and the blades tappers to a rounded edge. The object is broken along the wider edge. The object has a heavily pitted light green patina. The broad date range has been given due to the form of the object most closely resembling early Bronze age axe heads, however there are numerous examples of Roman votive deposition of such…
Created on: Saturday 24th March 2018
Last updated: Monday 9th April 2018
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Record ID: YORYM-CE8933
Object type: MINIATURE OBJECT
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: North Yorkshire
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Miniature axe or axe-chisel of Bronze age to Roman date (2150 BC- 410 AD). The object is similar to solid flat axes with a tapering blade, resembling a miniature version of the earliest and simplest solid cast copper alloy axe-heads. The sides are slightly curved and the blades cutting edge has suffered heavy corrosion. The object has a heavily pitted patina. The broad date range has been given due to the form of the object most closely resembling early Bronze age axe heads, however there are numerous examples of Roman votive deposition of such minature axe heads.
Created on: Monday 21st July 2014
Last updated: Friday 26th September 2014
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Record ID: BERK-318611
Object type: MINIATURE OBJECT
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Buckinghamshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
An incomplete cast copper alooy miniature object, probably a socketed axe head dating from the late Bronze Age (c. 1000-800 BC). The object consists of part of the open socket and one loop and part of the body of the probable axe. There is a casting seam visible that runs through and beyond the centre of the looped handle. The head-end of the object is flaring slightly, which is why it is assumed that this object represents a miniature axehead rather and any other type of tool. The patina and condition of this object suggests a Bronze Age date and although miniature objects were being…
Created on: Friday 14th March 2014
Last updated: Saturday 15th March 2014
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Record ID: WAW-80FB93
Object type: MINIATURE OBJECT
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Warwickshire
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A Late Bronze Age to Roman (1150BC - AD410) copper alloy miniature socketed axehead: The axe is rectangular in plan with slightly concave parallel sides. The blade edge and blade tips are rounded, but not flared. The socket mouth has a rectangular internal edge, the exterior forms a asymmetrical rectangle with convex edges, particularly on narrow edge. In profile the axe an elongated triangle. Both profile faces are heavily abraded and no casting seam is visible. One profile face has the remains of a loop. The surface of the axe has an incomplete heavy brown patina, otherwise the surf…
Created on: Monday 4th November 2013
Last updated: Thursday 3rd March 2016
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Record ID: BERK-602025
Object type: MINIATURE OBJECT
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Oxfordshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A cast copper alloy miniature object in the form of a palstave axe, probably dating to the Bronze Age. Research ongoing.
Created on: Thursday 21st February 2013
Last updated: Friday 28th February 2014
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Record ID: WILT-6EDB81
Object type: MINIATURE OBJECT
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Wiltshire
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A Late Bronze Age to Roman (1150BC - AD410) copper alloy miniature socketed axehead of Robinson's Type IVa (Robinson, Wiltshire Archaeology Magazine 1995, p.61) with vertical parallel sides and broadly square in plan. It measures 16.6mm in length, 19mm wide (including loop), 13.8mm wide (cutting edge)9.9mm thick (socket) and 2.1mm thick (cutting edge). The miniature socketed axehead weighs 8.93 grams. The axehead is thinnest at the blade end (2.1mm thick) expanding over the length to 9.9mm at the socket. The socket measures 6.8x4.15mm (internally) and is 6.15mm deep. The C-shaped lo…
Created on: Friday 6th July 2012
Last updated: Friday 6th July 2012
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'East Knoyle', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: BH-15EFD4
Object type: MINIATURE OBJECT
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Oxfordshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A copper-alloy miniature axehead. The top of the axehead is parallel-sided and of sub-rectangular section, with rounded corners. The blade flares towards the straight 'cutting edge'. A 'D-sectioned' loop handle springs from the top edge of the axe, rejoining the side one third of the way down the blade. The artefact has a light green patina. Dimensions: 21.6mm long, up to 16.6mm wide (cutting edge) and 5.6mm thick at the top. Weight: 7.71g. According to Paul Robinson, "...[miniature axeheads] range in date from the Late Bronze Age to the Late Roman period" (Robinson 1995: 60). A…
Created on: Wednesday 2nd May 2012
Last updated: Monday 28th May 2012
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Watlington', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: NLM-E39931
Object type: MINIATURE OBJECT
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: North Lincolnshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Copper alloy Miniature axe or axe-chisel. Cast flat tapering blade, resembling a miniature version of the earliest and simplest solid cast copper alloy axe-heads. The sides are slightly indented, the blade curved and perhaps thinned by sharpening, while the butt end is thin. Antiquarian discoveries suggest these objects might be hafted with a handle set at the narrower end. A function as a chisel or a leatherworking blade is possible, though the broad flat tang would tend to split a handle. The surface is pitted by ancient corrosion, though the object appears currently stabl…
Created on: Tuesday 7th June 2011
Last updated: Friday 22nd July 2011
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Barton upon Humber', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: WILT-6FB3B4
Object type: MINIATURE OBJECT
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Wiltshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Late Bronze Age to Roman copper alloy miniature socketed axehead of Robinson's type I (Robinson, Wiltshire Archaeology Magazine 1995, p.60) with concave sides. It measures 26.69mm in length and has a cutting edge max. 15.35mm wide (max width). The narrowest part (at the centre) is 11.28mm wide. It weighs 12.39g. The axehead is thinnest at the blade end (3.03mm thick) expanding over the length to 12.31mm at the mouth, which is 13.62mm wide. The socket measures 7.87x6.51mm and is 8.86mm deep. The loop is cast to the side (and not part of the body of the axe) and is C-shaped (12.5…
Created on: Tuesday 28th April 2009
Last updated: Thursday 24th February 2011
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Swindon', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: LIN-C2B972
Object type: MINIATURE OBJECT
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Lincolnshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Probable Bronze Age model flat axe. The axe is flat and tapers in plan with a curved cutting edge. The axe tapers from 18mm wide at the cutting edge to 7.9mm wide at the butt. The blade edge is faceted on one side only. The object has a mid-brown patina. Bronze age material has been discovered in the immediate area, including a full-sized flat axe LIN-3087B5. Another flat axe was also discovered in the next parish (LIN-D527F1).
Created on: Tuesday 27th May 2008
Last updated: Thursday 24th February 2011
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Record ID: CPAT-864898
Object type: MINIATURE OBJECT
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Cheshire West and Chester
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
This is an interesting fragment, possibly mimicking a prehistoric axe head in lead alloy. The fragment’s form has the general shape of a Neolithic stone axe head with evidence of some working to the blade area. As it is made from a lead alloy, it may date anywhere from the Bronze Age, through to the Roman occupation. Given that diminutive size of the piece, it may have been used as an amulet or votive offering.
Created on: Thursday 24th January 2008
Last updated: Thursday 24th February 2011
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Record ID: GLO-095477
Object type: MINIATURE OBJECT
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Somerset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Votive socketed axehead length 18mm, width 13mm, thickness 7mm, weight 3.11g. The socket at the rear of the axe is oval, there is a darker non-copper alloy material in socket which has been truncated immediately after leaving the mouth of the hole, suggesting that the piece may have been mounted/hafted. The loop projects from the top of the rear of the axe this is small and rounded. The blade is rectangular. This scaled down model of the larger socketed axe of the Late Bronze Age is a very rare find, it is likely to be a religious offering not too dissimilar in nature to the mi…
Created on: Tuesday 6th November 2007
Last updated: Thursday 24th February 2011
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Chewton Mendip', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: LIN-B1B742
Object type: MINIATURE OBJECT
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Lincolnshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Complete cast copper alloy miniature votive axe. In plan the axe is slightly crescentric, in that the upper and lower sides are curved. The cutting edge is curved and there is a small integral loop on the side near the socket. The socket is oval and hollow. The axe is Robinson (1995) Type III, which is thought to immitate Iron Age and Romano British iron axes (Robinson 1995 WA&NHM 88), although this form is also very similar to Bronze Age socketed axes. Indeed, this axe has a distinctive brown surface patina on it which is identical to the patination seen on many axes dating to t…
Created on: Thursday 9th August 2007
Last updated: Thursday 24th February 2011
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Lincolnshire Wolds', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: WILT-12C795
Object type: MINIATURE OBJECT
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Wiltshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Late Bronze Age to Roman copper alloy 'model' (Robinson, Wiltshire Archaeology Magazine 1995) or possibly miniature socketed axehead, with traces of iron in the shallow socket (9.2x5.6x3mm). It measures 38.5mm in length and has a cutting edge max. 24.8mm wide. At the socket end (narrowest part) it is 16.8mm wide. It weighs 31.28g. The axehead is thinnest at the blade end (1.1mm thick) expanding over the length to 12.7mm at the socket end. The mouth has a slight moulding which is emphasised by a groove beneath it. The loop is cast to the side (and not part of the body of the a…
Created on: Thursday 14th June 2007
Last updated: Thursday 24th February 2011
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Record ID: ESS-819206
Object type: MINIATURE OBJECT
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Essex
Workflow stage: Published Find published
Complete cast copper alloy miniature axe. This axe is very small being 34.68mm long, 16.72mm wide at the blade edge, 6.42mm wide at the butt end, 5.66mm at the thickest point and weighs 8.17g. It is sub-triangular in plan, with a long thin body that expands into a flared blade. The blade is irregular, being slightly longer at one edge and the cutting edge is blunt. The axe has a lentoid profile, which is due to a shallow flange that runs along each side. The flanges are 2mm wide and barely 1mm high to either face of the axe. The butt is also irregular and has a diagonal edge when view…
Created on: Tuesday 21st June 2005
Last updated: Thursday 24th February 2011
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Hatfield Broad Oak', grid reference and parish protected.


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