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    • Material: Copper alloy
    • Broad period: BRONZE AGE

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Record ID: NARC-39B60B
Object type: UNIDENTIFIED OBJECT
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Northamptonshire
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An incomplete copper alloy "Moustache-shaped" object probably of Middle Bronze Age to Middle Iron Age date (1500-300 BC). The object consists of two pointed drop-shaped elements (both points partially lost), D-shaped in cross-section and joined at their widest point, by a longitudinally recessed oval neck. There are multiple longitudinal grooves on the upper face on both domed sides of the object, the tapering lower parts are plain. The two moustache tips or prongs flare slightly outwards and terminate with a small rounded knop. The central neck section of the object is plain and undec…
Created on: Friday 15th June 2018
Last updated: Friday 15th June 2018
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Record ID: NARC-399F47
Object type: SOCKETED AXEHEAD
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Northamptonshire
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A fragment of a copper-alloy Socketed Axehead of Bronze Age date (1150-800 BC). The object is rectangular in shape and it has an L-shaped cross section. The longer of the two retained sides retains the casting seam and a circumferential raised lip. The external shape and the internal mould suggest that the fragment comes from the socketed portion of the object. The metal is green in colour with a pitted and corroded in patina. Length: 28.43mm, Width: 21.90mm, Thickness: 6.29mm, Weight: 4.20g.
Created on: Friday 15th June 2018
Last updated: Friday 15th June 2018
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Record ID: NARC-39935B
Object type: DAGGER
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Northamptonshire
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A fragment of a copper alloy Blade, Dagger or Rapier, of Mid to Late Bronze Age date (1600-800 BC). The object is rectangular in plan and a pointed oval in cross section. It is incomplete on all sides but has a visible bevel along the left and right hand edges away from the mid-rib. The cutting edges have been extensively broken and abraded. The metal is a mid-green in colour with a slightly pitted patina. Length: 42.00mm, Width: 16.01mm, Thickness: 4.97mm, Weight: 13.40g.
Created on: Friday 15th June 2018
Last updated: Friday 15th June 2018
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Record ID: NARC-398382
Object type: AXEHEAD
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Northamptonshire
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A fragment of a copper alloy Socketed Axehead of Late Bronze Age (1150-800 BC). The retained portion of the object is the cutting edge of the axehead. The blade edge is mostly intact and has a convex curve. The fragment has a broadly rectangular cross-section at the break. The object tapers outward from the cutting edge. The metal is a mid-green in colour with a predominantly smooth patina. Length: 28.31mm, Width: 8.20mm, Thickness: 4.18mm, Weight: 3.0g.
Created on: Friday 15th June 2018
Last updated: Friday 15th June 2018
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Record ID: NARC-397413
Object type: SOCKETED AXEHEAD
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Northamptonshire
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A fragment of a copper alloy Socketed Axehead of Late Bronze Age date (1150-800 BC). The object is a portion of the haft-end of a socketed axe. The retained fragment is one of the sides of the mouth of the socket. The outer edge of the object has a raised lip with a longitudinal raised mid rib. The metal is a mid-brown in colour with areas of green corrosion. Length: 20.40mm, Width: 18.24mm, Thickness: 5.79mm, Weight: 7.5g.
Created on: Friday 15th June 2018
Last updated: Friday 15th June 2018
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Record ID: SF-FC997B
Object type: PALSTAVE
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Essex
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
An incomplete cast copper-alloy primary (early) Palstave axehead dating to the Middle Bronze Age. The axehead belongs to Group I: shield-patterened types, and probably belongs to the Acton Park II or Taunton metalworking assemblages (Burgess' stages VIII and IX), dating c. 1500-1300 BC. Part of the blade is missing, though otherwise the axehead is preserved intact. It is broadly rectangular in plan, with a straight-sided rectangular butt demonstrating an 'H' shaped cross section, recessed septum and incomplete fan-shaped blade. It is lenticular in profile, with the thickest portion of …
Created on: Tuesday 12th June 2018
Last updated: Thursday 14th June 2018
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Weeley', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: PUBLIC-D25B73
Object type: FLAT AXEHEAD
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Leicestershire
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Early Bronze age copper alloy flat axehead. The axe is in fair condition with a brown/green patina and weighs 143 grams. It is 84mm long and up to 55mm wide, and has a convex butt and moderately concave sides, with a lenticular profile and cross-section. It is 24.7mm wide and 4mm thick at the butt end, from whence it expands gradually and reaches its thickest just under half way along its length where it is 10.5mm thick. From this point the axe becomes gradually thinner until it terminates in a crescent shaped blade 55mm wide and 4.5mm thick, although it would originally have been subs…
Created on: Sunday 10th June 2018
Last updated: Monday 18th June 2018
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Ibstock', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: WREX-A92EB8
Object type: AXE
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Shropshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Bronze axe fragment. Possibly part of either a developed axe/flanged axe with a date range of 1800-1500BCor a late Bronze age socked axe with a date range of 1100-750BC. The fragment is triangular in section.The curved blade has some small chips.The fragment has a dark brown patina. Width: 37.7mm; height: 20.6mm; thickness: 9.9mm; weight: 16.3g
Created on: Friday 8th June 2018
Last updated: Monday 11th June 2018
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Prees', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: PUBLIC-A9190D
Object type: CASTING WASTE
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Lincolnshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Copper alloy casting waste. Six irregular pieces found in the vicinity of chopped pieces of bronze age artifacts. Likely to be representative of bronze age metal working. Weights 22.6g; 8.6g; 7.8g; 6.6g; 5.8g; 5.5g. Total 56.9g
Created on: Friday 8th June 2018
Last updated: Wednesday 13th June 2018
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Osbournby area', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: PUBLIC-A8D6EA
Object type: SPEAR
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Lincolnshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
An incomplete cast copper alloy middle Bronze Age (c. -1800BC to -1100BC) spearhead missing its tip and its socket. Overall, the spearhead measures 38mm long, 15mm wide and 6mm thick. It weighs 13.82g. The spear head is bent (possibly deliberately) so that it curves slightly, possibly ritually broken. The blade is worn but it appears to have had fairly straight cutting edges. The midrib measures 6mm in width, extends all the way along the blade fragment and is oval in cross-section. The copper alloy has a dark grey to black surface patina, with a faint reddish patina along each side of…
Created on: Friday 8th June 2018
Last updated: Wednesday 13th June 2018
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Osbournby area', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: PUBLIC-A84EB2
Object type: AWL
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Lincolnshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A copper alloy awl, probably of Middle or Late Bronze Age date. The awl has a tang which is rectangular in section and tapers to a blunt edge. The tang is the centre third of the awl. The two ends are circular section, tapering to a blunt, rounded point. The surface has traces of a light brown patina. It measures 42mm long, 4mm wide, 3mm thick and weighs 2.53g. Awls can date from the Bronze Age, c. 1800 BC but as the design of awls has changed very little, it could also be much more recent.
Created on: Friday 8th June 2018
Last updated: Wednesday 13th June 2018
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Osbournby area', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: PUBLIC-A8019C
Object type: SPEAR
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Lincolnshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
An incomplete Bronze Age copper alloy socketed spear, dating from the mid/late Bronze Age period. The spear is very worn, and would probably have been broader. The tip of the spear is blunt, as well as the blades. The blade wings are abraded and irregular, with the socket being broken, with small pieces of wood still inside. The damage to the socket may have occured before post-deposition, possibly from the result of action of some sort.
Created on: Friday 8th June 2018
Last updated: Wednesday 13th June 2018
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Record ID: WAW-7E655C
Object type: CHISEL
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Worcestershire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Bronze Age (c. 1600 to 800 BC) axe or chisel blade fragment: An incomplete blade portion of the copper alloy axe or chisel remains. The blade is triangular in section, has a straight side to the corner of the blade. The break behind the blade is not recent. with the broken edge traversing the axe revealing a short portion of the socket. The blade has traces of a shiny brown patina with a pitted surface. The fragment measures 18.56mm in length, 29.51mm in width and 6.8mm at the thickest point, and weighs 10.21g. The fragment is possibly a Bronze Age chisel or axe.
Created on: Wednesday 6th June 2018
Last updated: Thursday 7th June 2018
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Record ID: LANCUM-697908
Object type: ADZE
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Lancashire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Bronze age copper alloy palstave adze 1500 - 1150BC. The length is 125mm, the width of blade is 28mm thickness 20mm and the weight 138.02g. The object is rectangular in form and cross section and is intact, with slight damage to its butt end and some of its surface. The butt end is rectangular in form and triangular in cross section, with each face having a rectangular shaped recess with a raised border to contain the handle. The blade, which has an elongated triangular cross section, tapers in width from the point it joins the butt. Overall it is 20mm wide and rectangular in form, th…
Created on: Tuesday 5th June 2018
Last updated: Tuesday 5th June 2018
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Record ID: KENT-68BED7
Object type: SPEAR
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Essex
Workflow stage: Published Find published
A fragment of cast copper-alloy spearhead, likely dating to the Middle Bronze Age (III) or Late Bronze Age - likely from the Wilburton, Blackmoor / Ewart Park phases. c.1200-750 BC. Description: The fragment represents most of the spear's upper section and is missing only part of the point. It is long, tapering and narrowing, with a very high angular midrib flanked by moulded channels. The fragment is very warped and bent, typical of intentional 'killed' bronze age objects, leaving it almost S-shaped in profile. On one side of the edge there is another possible intentional bend. The b…
Created on: Tuesday 5th June 2018
Last updated: Thursday 7th June 2018
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Record ID: PUBLIC-57BD52
Object type: CASTING WASTE
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Lincolnshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A copper-alloy casting jet with the remains of a runner below probably dating to the Bronze-Age. Description: The jet is derived from casting in bronze. It is sub-oval in plan, unevenly concave on its upper surface and convex on its underside representing the depression in the clay or other mould material which was filled with molten metal. Projecting from the convex underside is the remaining short stub of an irregularly-shaped runner. There is possibly the remains of another runner, represented now by just a slight oval bump on the underside next to the existing runner. The jet has…
Created on: Monday 4th June 2018
Last updated: Wednesday 6th June 2018
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Record ID: PUBLIC-523EE7
Object type: AWL
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Lincolnshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A very worn, cast copper-alloy possible awl dating from the middle Bronze-Age to Roman periods, c. 1500 BC - 410 AD. Description: The object is broadly a thin pointed oval shape in plan, wider in the centre and narrowing towards each end. One end is broken and the other end comes to a worn and rounded point. It is circular in section along most of its length, but flattening towards the pointed end to become oval in section. Measurements: Length 52.93mm: Diameter at widest point 4.98mm: Weight 4.86g Discussion: Very similar awls are recorded as PUBLIC-C02189, SUR-1DDDA9, WILT-776792…
Created on: Monday 4th June 2018
Last updated: Wednesday 6th June 2018
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Record ID: LEIC-E7112F
Object type: BLADE
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Leicestershire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Mid to late Bronze Age blade fargment, 87mm long, 27mm wide and 6mm thick witha weight of 55.95g. The object is rcatngular in form and pointed oval in cross section. It is incomplete on all sides but has a visible bevel c.2mm away from the present edge along one long edge (far right as shown) The cross section has a wide central section 6mm thick and then it gently thins down to c. 2mm at the present edges.
Created on: Wednesday 30th May 2018
Last updated: Wednesday 30th May 2018
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Record ID: HAMP-6F9658
Object type: RING
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Hampshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A copper alloy possible horse harness ring of Late Bronze Age to Roman date (c. 1000 BC - AD 410). The ring weighs 15.51g, measures 25.7mm in diameter (21.1mm internal diameter) and is 7.9mm thick. It is circular in shape with a 2.2mm wide rib running around the circumference. The interior surface features a circumferential ridge, to give a lozenge-shaped cross-section. Both edges are flanked by a 1.3mm wide rib. The object has a very smooth, shiny dark brown patina. A ring with similar decoration recorded on this database is WILT-1A5240, of which the author writes 'Similar rings have …
Created on: Thursday 24th May 2018
Last updated: Friday 25th May 2018
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Record ID: HAMP-6F007F
Object type: PALSTAVE
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Oxfordshire
Workflow stage: Published Find published
An incomplete Middle Bronze Age Transitional palstave axehead of Schmidt and Burgess Type Roundhay, Midribbed Variant (The Axes of Scotland and Northern England, 1981; plate 64 and 65, nos.883-99), and of Penard/Wallington metalworking phase, corresponding with Needham's (1996) Periods 5 -6 and probably dating to 1300 - 1100BC. The incomplete axehead consists of the blade, loop and roughly half the butt end.The blade has incurved long edges and an expanded cutting edge (38.7mm wide and 2.3mm thick), which has suffered some slight damage and has a shallow curve. On both faces is a promi…
Created on: Thursday 24th May 2018
Last updated: Thursday 31st May 2018
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