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Record ID: IOW-15866D
Object type: PALSTAVE
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Isle of Wight
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An incomplete Middle Bronze Age copper-alloy palstave (c. 1500 BC-c. 1150 BC). The blade and a small portion of the butt are missing. A break has occurred just below the stops. The septum, wings and stops survive. The septum has a maximum thickness of 8.6mm This palstave is corroded and green and has patches of a decayed dark green patina. The breaks are old. Length: 76.0mm; width at stops: 23.9mm; width at butt: 20.0mm; thickness at stops: 18.0mm. Weight: 139.14g.
Created on: Monday 13th August 2018
Last updated: Monday 13th August 2018
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Isle of Wight', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: NLM-AC60FC
Object type: SCRAPER (TOOL)
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Lincolnshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Greenish brown flint with cortex spot; scraper. A small thick flake with broad flakes struck from all across its dorsal side and with similar trimming of a bulbar ventral surface; in both cases probably by multangular hard hammer strike. The cortex may have been retained as a butt. Suggested date: Early Bronze Age, 2350-1600 BC. Length: 27mm, Width: 28.5mm, Thickness: 9.9mm, Weight: 8.04gms
Created on: Wednesday 8th August 2018
Last updated: Wednesday 8th August 2018
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Swinhope', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: BUC-819208
Object type: SPEAR
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Buckinghamshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A fragment of a copper alloy late Bronze Age spear dating to c. 1000 - 801 BC. Only the tip end of the spear head remains. The fragment is sub triangular in shape, narrowing towards the tip of the spear, the tip of which is worn and broken. The fragment is lozenge shaped in cross section. Running down the centre of the fragment on both sides is a raised midrib. The blade edges have been worn and there are notches along both the edges. The blade has a dark green patina, and has patches of brown corrosion. The blade is 20.9mm in length, 12.9mm in width, and 2.8mm in maximum thickness. It…
Created on: Monday 6th August 2018
Last updated: Tuesday 14th August 2018
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Record ID: SF-2E161B
Object type: BARBED AND TANGED ARROWHEAD
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Suffolk
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An incomplete knapped flint barbed and tanged arrowhead of Green's 'Ballyclare' type, dating c. 2500-1500 BC. One barb, the tang and part of the tip are broken away, but otherwise it survives intact. Manufactured on a tertiary flake of fine-grained translucent blackish-brown flint, it is triangular in plan-tapering along its length to a sharp point. The surviving barb is squared off, though due to breakage the form of the tang cannot be ascertained. Covering bifacial pressure-flaked retouch has removed the entirety of the original flake surface on both sides of the object. Preserved in…
Created on: Thursday 2nd August 2018
Last updated: Thursday 2nd August 2018
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Hemingstone', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: NLM-1B7C6B
Object type: SCRAPER (TOOL)
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Lincolnshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Grey flint with cortex scraper. A large oval flake with broad flakes struck from its dorsal side by multangular hard hammer strike. The ventral surface is smooth and slightly concave. Short abrupt retouch executed from the dorsal aspect follows a part of the curved edge, opposite either a striking platform or a flat butt. Misty patina has developed over all struck surfaces, suggesting the object has endured a period of exposure to a calcareous environment after its deposition. Where this is interrupted, it is by slight adventitious impacts. Suggested date: Early Bronze Age, 2350-1600 B…
Created on: Wednesday 1st August 2018
Last updated: Wednesday 1st August 2018
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Binbrook', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: HESH-A05816
Object type: AXE
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Telford and Wrekin
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A cast copper alloy axe or knife blank / ingot of Chalcolithic / Early Bronze Age date (2450 - 2300 BC). The blank is oval in shape with the butt being rounded narrowed and tapered. In profile it is lentoid in shape and its cross section is a similar lentoid shape. The 'cutting' edge is rounded, from the external edges it tapers gradually until it forms a narrowed but rounded but. There is no sign of a stop ridge or any form of cast design. It is thickest at the mid-point. The surface of the blank is heavily eroded and corroded, small areas of original patinated surface survive but on …
Created on: Thursday 26th July 2018
Last updated: Monday 30th July 2018
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Wenlock', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SOM-874C14
Object type: BEAD
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: Somerset
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A copper alloy bead of unknown date, possibily Roman. The bead is circular in plan with convex outer side and flatter inner face. It has a dark green patina with areas of bright green corrosion. The bead measure 14.8 mm in diameter, 4.9 mm in thickness and weighs 3.56 g. Copper alloy beads without context are difficult to date. However, this bead was found near mostly Roman artefacts, therefore a Roman dating is possibly.
Created on: Wednesday 25th July 2018
Last updated: Thursday 26th July 2018
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Trudoxhill', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SUR-830904
Object type: INGOT
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Buckinghamshire
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Bronze ingot or cake fragment, 42.7g in weight and 33.4mm long. The object has a rough and unfinished surface with a green to blue-green patina and a plano convex to trapezoidal profile. One end is rounded the other has a pronounced step or edge which may be a break or suggestive of casting. The break is worn and clearly made in antiquity. Probably Bronze Age.
Created on: Wednesday 25th July 2018
Last updated: Thursday 26th July 2018
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Record ID: SUR-7147F6
Object type: AWL
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Wiltshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
An incomplete copper alloy object, likely an awl or tool of uncertain date. It has a very sharp pointed tip and a worn break at the opposite end (probably the base of a missing tang). The surviving pointed element is trapezoidal in profile, 55.6mm in length with a maximum width of 8.6mm. The object has distinct flat faces, with longitudinal grooves down two sides.
Created on: Tuesday 24th July 2018
Last updated: Thursday 26th July 2018
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Record ID: LEIC-6DDC3D
Object type: SPEAR
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Rutland
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Bronze Age copper alloy spear head, 97mm long, 28mm wide and 15mm thick, with a weight of 52.83g. (weight includes wet mud still present into the shaft). The object has a large conical shaped socket with a sub-circular cross section, when recorded the socket was filled with damp mud. There is a circular hole, c.3mm in diameter, 8mm from the base. The socket is 28mm wide and 15mm thick at its base with an internal width of c.24mm. The socket continues as a midrib which terminates at the tip of the blade. The blade wings are quite small, 23mm at widest position, and gently curved wit…
Created on: Tuesday 24th July 2018
Last updated: Tuesday 24th July 2018
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Record ID: KENT-5E7C62
Object type: SOCKETED AXEHEAD
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Essex
Workflow stage: Published Find published
Lower part of a copper alloy socketed looped axe dating from the Late Bronze Age, i.e. c. 1000-800BC. Possibly of plain South Eastern Type. Description: The fragment survives only as the blade end. The sides begin to curve inwards from the curved crescent blade-edge, flaring in section to a rectangle. The broken edges are heavily worn likely indicate breakage in antiquity although the variation in patination may indicate it happen while in the ground. The break across the body is irregular. The surface of the axe is heavily mottled dark to light green to light brown in patina and is h…
Created on: Monday 23rd July 2018
Last updated: Wednesday 25th July 2018
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Record ID: LANCUM-5E49AA
Object type: AXEHEAD
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Lancashire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Cast copper alloy complete unlooped palstave axe probably dating to the Middle Bronze Age palstave 1450 to 1300 BC. The axe is of shares similarities with the Taunton metalwork assemblage and Hotham related to the palstaves of the Acton Park metalwork assemblage to which it bears some resemblance similar to Needham et al fig 140 (1985) and Read (1995: p.3 fig 9 ). The butt is slightly concave and has a width of 55mm. The flanges are flat, longiform in plan, straight and parallel as far as the stop but do not extend all the way to the butt, with a width at the stop of 30mm. The blade is…
Created on: Monday 23rd July 2018
Last updated: Tuesday 24th July 2018
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Record ID: LANCUM-5E3C83
Object type: DAGGER
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Lancashire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
An incomplete cast copper alloy dagger dating from the Early Bronze Age, c.2150-c.1500BC. The object is a butt riveted small blade dagger or knife with triangular blade. The blade would have been attached to the hilt by means of three large rivets, the top side one is still in place. The rivet is circular in cross-section and flat-hourglass-shaped in plan. The other two are missing and the other rivet holes are incomplete due to breaks or possibly corrosion. The object is quite damaged so it is difficult to ascertain the exact type it is similar to Needham's series 2 (id 1200 Carder Lo…
Created on: Monday 23rd July 2018
Last updated: Tuesday 24th July 2018
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Record ID: LANCUM-5E2C89
Object type: AXEHEAD
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Lancashire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A complete cast copper alloy socketed axe of Late Bronze Age date (1000 - 800 BC). The object can be classified as the Ewart Park phase of metalwork. The object is sub-rectangular in plan with the cutting edge expanding outwards to form a convex cutting edge. The socket has a sub square mouth, is deep and the insides are smooth. A moulded collar decorates the axe below the mouth on each face. Extending down from this are three raised ribs. The ribs have been abraded and damaged in recent times. The front and back faces of the axe are faceted at the socket end. Along the centre of e…
Created on: Monday 23rd July 2018
Last updated: Monday 30th July 2018
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Record ID: BUC-584369
Object type: METAL WORKING DEBRIS
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Northamptonshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A probable copper alloy casting sprue or manufacturing waste dating from the late Bronze Age to Modern period. The object is funnel shaped, round and flat on one side with an irregular shaped stem projecting from underneath. It has a dark green patina, with patches of red brown. It measures 21.8mm in length, 22.4mm in width, 17.7mm in thickness and weighs 19.13g. Similar records on the database include SF-EE942E, IOW-B7A300 and NLM-0CAEB5.
Created on: Monday 23rd July 2018
Last updated: Monday 23rd July 2018
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Record ID: ESS-1F6B9C
Object type: LITHIC IMPLEMENT
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Essex
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Partially worked flake of grey flint, likely dating to the late Neolithic/early Bronze Age, c. 3000 - 1500 BC. There is retouch along the upper left edge when viewed from the ventral face which is scaled and thins the flake edge slightly. The right edge of the ventral face also shows evidence of retouch, along the bottom edge forming a shallow crescent. The upper right edge of the ventral face is straight and diagonal. When viewed from the dorsal face this edge is backed almost all along its length, with only a small portion in the middle showing no evidence of retouch. The retouch a…
Created on: Friday 20th July 2018
Last updated: Monday 23rd July 2018
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Record ID: ESS-1F247F
Object type: LITHIC IMPLEMENT
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Essex
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Primary flake which has been utilised as a scraper or other lithic hand-held tool. The flake's dorsal surface is covered almost entirely by cortex, suggesting it was struck as a primary flake without any prior removals on the dorsal surface. It is likely that the flake was utilised opportunistically, as there is little in terms of retouch. Where retouch is seen, primarily on the mid right edge when viewed from the dorsal face, it takes the form of parallel removals forming a steep 'backed' edge. This was likely done to blunt this portion of the edge. The retouch continues, though to a…
Created on: Friday 20th July 2018
Last updated: Thursday 26th July 2018
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Record ID: ESS-1EF776
Object type: LITHIC IMPLEMENT
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Essex
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Possible debitage flake with evidence of some edge flaking. Likely early Bronze Age in date, c. 2500 - 1500 BC. The ventral face is uneven and mottled, though the right edge does show evidence of retouch in a parallel scaled fashion at the section nearest the butt. The retouch seems to continue along the right side for the length of the flak, though is not as clearly defined toward the tip. The dorsal face shows evidence of removals toward the butt and along the right side of the arris. These are not as regular as the small retouch on the ventral face. It is likely that the sma…
Created on: Friday 20th July 2018
Last updated: Monday 23rd July 2018
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Record ID: KENT-0BC403
Object type: AXEHEAD
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Kent
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A small, broken, mouth fragment of a Late Bronze Age, cast, copper alloy-bronze socketed axe head. Probable rounded subrectangular mouth with moulded double bands around the rim. The bronze axe was far more effective than its stone counterpart and allowed large areas of ancient forest to be cleared for farmsteads and cultivation. This inturn lead to a rise in the population levels. There appears to be some wear, otherwise an attractive green patina with a few light scratches and one small spot pale green corrosion where the surface has chipped away. This is likely to date between 900-6…
Created on: Thursday 19th July 2018
Last updated: Saturday 21st July 2018
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Record ID: SOM-06B194
Object type: PALSTAVE
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Somerset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Middle Bronze Age cast copper alloy palstave (axehead) with one side loop dating to BC 1300 to 1150. The palstave has an old, irregular break at the butt. The septum is gradually thickens from 3.0 mm at the butt to 7.4 mm before the stop. The septum is 54.2 mm in length and 24.4 mm in width. The flanges gradually widen from the butt to the stop to a maximum of 31.4 mm on one side and 29.6 mm on the other side, creating a triangular shape in profile. The stop is angled forwards slightly at its centre and is thicker than the flanges at the centre at 31.3 mm. An integral loop survives on…
Created on: Thursday 19th July 2018
Last updated: Friday 20th July 2018
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