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Record ID: SOM-1832F3
Object type: VESSEL
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Somerset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
An undecorated body sherd from a vessel of probable Middle Bronze Age date. The fabric is a reduced dark grey with orange oxidised surfaces. It has moderate shell inclusions (up to 5mm). The fabric is similar to material excavated at Tinney's Lane, Sherborne, Dorset (Kerry Ann Tyler, pers. comm.). Dimensions:35.5mm by 28.5mm by 8.4mm Weight: 8g
Created on: Monday 21st May 2007
Last updated: Thursday 24th February 2011
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Mells', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SOM-18B635
Object type: VESSEL
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Somerset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
An undecorated body sherd from a vessel of possible Early Bronze Age date. The vesicular (porous) fabric is an oxidised mid-orange with one grey reduced surface. The fabric contains sparse rounded grog inclusions (up to 2mm). Other inclusions appear to have been burnt out. They may have been organic and/or the vessel may have been over-fired. Dimensions: 41.7mm by 31.7mm by 12.4mm Weight: 8g
Created on: Monday 21st May 2007
Last updated: Thursday 24th February 2011
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Mells', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SOM-6D0A27
Object type: SOCKETED AXEHEAD
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Dorset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A fragment of a cast copper alloy socketed axehead of late Bronze Age date. The fragment measures 42.3mm by 28.5mm by 5.4mm and weighs 27.7g. It comprises part of two sides of the socket, which has a thickened edge and an adjacent transverse linear moulding, and a short length of the axhead itself. There is a further longitudinal moulding in the centre of one of the surviving sides. A smaller fragment of copper alloy was found nearby. Although it does not appear to join with the larger fragment, the thickness, general appearance and patina are consistent and the two fragments may we…
Created on: Friday 25th May 2007
Last updated: Thursday 24th February 2011
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Overcompton', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SOM-6D7E72
Object type: SOCKETED AXEHEAD
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Dorset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A fragment of a cast copper alloy socketed axehead or socketed chisel of late Bronze Age date. The fragment measures 32.3mm by 32.9mm by 8.6mm and weighs 12.8g. It comprises the straight cutting edge and a short length of the tapering axehead. One side survives more intact than the other. The socket reaches almost to the cutting edge. In the centre of each side there is a longitudinal casting seam.
Created on: Friday 25th May 2007
Last updated: Thursday 24th February 2011
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Maiden Newton', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SOM-6BB778
Object type: SCRAPER (TOOL)
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Dorset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A flint thumbnail scraper of probable early Bronze Age date. The scraper has been made froma tertiary flake. At the proximal end on the ventral surface is a bulb of percussion and a marked bulbar scar. Ripples radiate down the ventral surface. On the dorsal surface there are a number of flaking scars and the distal end has been abruptly retouched. The mid to dark grey flint has a mid-gloss patina. Dimensions: 32.4mm by 29.2mm by 9.3mm Weight: 9.9g
Created on: Friday 25th May 2007
Last updated: Thursday 24th February 2011
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Over Compton', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SOM-427C56
Object type: VESSEL
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Somerset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Two sherds of pottery of probable Early to Middle Bronze Age date. The body sherds have oxidised orange external surfaces, more reduced buff internal surfaces and reduced buff/grey cores. The fabric contains moderate shell fragments (up to 8mm). Both sherds have external impressed decoration consisting of a linear band which is parallel to a band of small circular impressions. The sherds may come from urns. Total weight: 18g
Created on: Monday 4th June 2007
Last updated: Thursday 24th February 2011
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Milborne Port', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SOM-4E3245
Object type: ARROWHEAD
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Somerset
Workflow stage: Published Find published
A flint barbed and tanged arrowhead of early Bronze Age date. The arrowhead measures 27.3mm by 21.3mm by 3.9mm and weighs 1.6g. It has been invasively retouched over both faces. One tang has broken off. Both the tang and the surviving bard are rounded. The barbs are slightly longer than the tang so this example is a Green Low type. The mottled white to bluish-grey flint has a low-gloss patina.
Created on: Friday 29th June 2007
Last updated: Saturday 11th May 2013
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Nynehead', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SOM-4E4545
Object type: ARROWHEAD
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Somerset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A flint barbed and tanged arrowhead of early Bronze Age date. The arrowhead measures 34.2mm by 20.7mm by 4.2mm and weighs 2.6g. It has been invasively retouched over both faces. There is a small notch along one edge which probably reflects recent damage. The arrowhead weighs less than 8g and has a small length to width ratio, so this example is a Sutton type. The partially transparent mid-brown flint has a mid-gloss patina.
Created on: Friday 29th June 2007
Last updated: Thursday 24th February 2011
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Rimpton', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SOM-F68732
Object type: SCRAPER (TOOL)
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Somerset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A flint end scraper of probable early Bronze Age date. The scraper has been made from a secondary flake (some cortex remains at the proximal end). Also at the proximal end is the striking platform and below this on the ventral surface is a large bulb of percussion. Ripples radiate down the ventral surface and there are a number of flaking scars on the dorsal surface. The distal end has been coarsely retouched. The mid-grey and mid-brownish grey flint has a low to mid gloss patina. Dimensions: 33.8mm by 29.4mm by 10.6mm Weight: 10.5g
Created on: Thursday 19th July 2007
Last updated: Thursday 24th February 2011
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Tatworth and Forton', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SOM-310312
Object type: SCRAPER (TOOL)
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Somerset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A flint thumbnail scraper of Early Bronze Age date. The scraper has been made from a secondary flake (c. 5% cortex remaining at the proximal end) of slightly mottled light to mid grey flint. It is fresh and complete. The pronouced bulb or percussion on the ventral surface suggests the use of a hard hammer. The dorsal surface has recorticated, suggesting the reuse of an old flake, and this has been removed by short semi-abrupt to abrupt retouch around the distal end and part way up the lateral sides. Dimensions: 28.7mm by 26mm by 6.4mm Weight: 6.2g
Created on: Friday 1st February 2008
Last updated: Thursday 24th February 2011
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Huish Episcopi', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SOM-6E7416
Object type: SOCKETED AXEHEAD
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Dorset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A fragment from the blade of a cast copper alloy socketed axehead of late Bronze Age date. The fragment measures 35.4mm by 22.2mm by 9.5mm and weighs 27.4g. The blade flares out slightly as its cross-section narrows. One face is particularly worn and one corner of the blade is damaged.
Created on: Monday 4th August 2008
Last updated: Thursday 24th February 2011
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Cerne Abbas', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SOM-77FCF6
Object type: FLAT AXEHEAD
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Somerset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A cast copper alloy flanged flat axehead of early Bronze Age date. The axehead measures c. 69mm in length by c. 40mm in width. It has a crescentic cutting edge and low cast flanges on each side. The butt end is narrow and was probably rounded, but has been damaged. The original surface has been lost in several areas.
Created on: Tuesday 17th June 2008
Last updated: Thursday 24th February 2011
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Brewham', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SOM-792E07
Object type: ARROWHEAD
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Somerset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A flint barbed and tanged arrowhead of early Bronze Age date. The arrowhead measures 26mm by 16.6mm by 4.2mm and weighs 1.4g. It has been made from a tertiary flake of mid greyish-brown flint and is probably complete despite the mild (probably accidental) asymmetry. The flake has been invasively retouched by pressure-flaking over much of both the dorsal and ventral surfaces. As the arrowhead weighs less than 8g and has a small length/breadth ratio, it falls into the Sutton type (Butler 1995, p. 164).
Created on: Tuesday 17th June 2008
Last updated: Thursday 24th February 2011
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Winsham', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SOM-8F26A7
Object type: SCRAPER (TOOL)
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Somerset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A crude flint end scraper of probable early Bronze Age date. The scraper has been made from a tertiary flake of opaque light to mid grey flint. It is fresh and near complete. The bulb of percussion is reasonably well-defined and there is a distinct bulbar scar on the ventral surface, which suggest the use of a hard hammer. The distal end has been crudely retouched. The retouch is short and abrupt. Dimensions: 29.2mm by 27.5mm by 13.8mm Weight: 10.3g
Created on: Monday 30th June 2008
Last updated: Thursday 24th February 2011
Spatial data recorded.


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Record ID: SOM-8F3A05
Object type: SCRAPER (TOOL)
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Somerset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A possible crude flint end scraper of probable early Bronze Age date. The scraper has been made from a secondary flake (c. 5% cortex remaining on the dorsal surface) of opaque light to dark grey flint. It is fresh and complete (or near complete). The bulb of percussion is well-defined and there are distinct ripples on the ventral surface, which suggest the use of a hard hammer. There are two flake removals which have been struck from the ventral surface which could indicate this is a crude scraper. Dimensions: 32mm by 35.4mm by 10.7mm Weight: 10.7g
Created on: Monday 30th June 2008
Last updated: Thursday 24th February 2011
Spatial data recorded.


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Record ID: SOM-6ACB14
Object type: GOUGE
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Essex
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
The tip of a cast copper alloy socketed gouge of late Bronze Age date. The fragment measures 32.7mm by 14mm by 11.2mm and weighs 12.4g. The gouge is quite corroded and has broken approximately half way along its length. The tip is rounded.
Created on: Tuesday 11th March 2008
Last updated: Thursday 24th February 2011
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Waltham Abbey', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SOM-298503
Object type: ARROWHEAD
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Bath and North East Somerset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A flint barbed and tanged arrowhead of Early Bronze Age date. The arrowhead measures 50.3mm by 26.2mm by 5.7mm and weighs 5.3g. It has been made from a tertiary flake of mid brownish-grey flint. Both surfaces have been invasively retouched and there is a slight notch on each edge, about 10mm from each of the squared barbs.
Created on: Thursday 20th March 2008
Last updated: Thursday 24th February 2011
Spatial data recorded.


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Record ID: SOM-B251B3
Object type: AWL
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Dorset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A cast copper awl of possible Bronze Age date. The awl measures 51.2mm by 6.2mm by 4.9mm and weighs 5.1g. It has a broadly rectangular cross-section and tapers to a blunt point at each end.
Created on: Friday 2nd May 2008
Last updated: Thursday 24th February 2011
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Portesham', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SOM-1E8616
Object type: PALSTAVE
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Somerset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A cast copper alloy palstave of early Middle Bronze Age date. The unlooped palstave measures 155mm in length by 66.2mm (width across cutting edge) by 37.2mm and weighs 426g. The cutting edge is crescentic. The butt has parallel sides and the end is damaged with a small part missing. The stop is rounded and the side flanges are high. There is a very faint casting seam along the centre of the sides of the blade and flange. This palstave falls into the Acton Park phase of metal-working. The palstave is in good condition with an even dark brown patina.
Created on: Wednesday 7th November 2007
Last updated: Thursday 24th February 2011
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Wiveliscombe', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SOM-7F28E7
Object type: SWORD
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Somerset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A short section from the blade of a cast copper alloy sword, rapier or dirk of middle to late Bronze Age date. The worn fragment measures 29.4mm in width, 18.7mm in length and 6.4mm in maximum thickness. It weighs 12.8g. It has a flat lozenge-shaped cross-section.
Created on: Thursday 5th June 2008
Last updated: Thursday 24th February 2011
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Otterhampton', grid reference and parish protected.


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