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    • Period from: BRONZE AGE
    • County: Kent
    • Primary material: Copper alloy

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Record ID: KENT-EE8649
Object type: SPEAR
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Kent
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A copper alloy Bronze Age (c.1500-800 BC) spear tip. Description: The tip of a bronze spear broken at an historic break from the main part of the spear head. It is sub-triangular in plan, with a broad flat central longtitudinal rib on both surfaces. The tip is solid.and tapers to a point, the edges are intact and sharp. The surfaces have a typical green patina. Measurements: length: 28.29mm, width at break: 15.24mm, at tip: 2.5mm, thickness on rib: 4.45mm, along the edge: 1.36mm, weight: 4.95g. Discussion: Type or classification as well as narrow the date is not possible due to smal…
Created on: Tuesday 23rd October 2018
Last updated: Wednesday 24th October 2018
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Record ID: SUR-267CEF
Object type: AXEHEAD
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Kent
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A complete copper alloy miniature flat axe or possibly a chisel, 59.5mm in length and dating to the early to late early Bronze Age (2050 BC- 1700BC). The axe has straight sides, expanding into a cutting edge, which is curved and 26mm across, with a cutting edge around 1mm thick. The butt end narrows to 15.1mm in width and is slightly convex. There are no flanges or other features. The profile of the axe is lenticular or an elongated pointed oval with a maximum thickness at the centre of 7.3mm. The surface is heavily pitted with the brownish-green patina of copper-alloy - suggesting a …
Created on: Wednesday 19th September 2018
Last updated: Thursday 20th September 2018
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Record ID: KENT-9393A7
Object type: SOCKETED AXEHEAD
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Kent
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A fragment of cast copper alloy socketed axe, dating to the Late Bronze Age c. 1000 - 800 BC. Description: The fragment represents part of the socketed end of the axe and is unevenly shaped. Part of the rimmed collar for the socket remains. Just after the rim there is a side loop to help secure the axe to its handle, which remains roughly to 50% to its original length. The fragment is dark green on the surfaces, its surface is also heavily pitted with some casting bubbles visible. All breaks are heavily worn suggesting they occured during antiquity. Measurements: 21.04mm long, 28.63…
Created on: Wednesday 12th September 2018
Last updated: Thursday 13th September 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: KENT-B614D9
Object type: AXEHEAD
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Kent
Workflow stage: Published Find published
A fragment of a late Bronze Age copper alloy socketed axe head, probably dating to 1100-800 BC. Description: The fragment survives only as the cutting edge and part of the long rectangular socketed body. The cutting edge survives intact, albeit heavily worn and runs in a very shallow convex curve, the blade tips flare slightly outwards. The surviving cross section of the socket is sub-oval. The remaing body appears to be undecorrated although with such little remaining it is not possible to be sure althoguh part of a casting seam. The axhead is patinated a mid green and the breaks ha…
Created on: Thursday 21st June 2018
Last updated: Thursday 21st June 2018
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Record ID: KENT-B5A3A6
Object type: AXEHEAD
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Kent
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A fragment of the 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 curve inwards from the curved crescent blade-edge, flaring in section to a rectangle. The break across the body is irregular. The surface of the axe is heavily mottled dark to light green to dark brown in patina and is heavily pitted by corrosion across its entirety. It looks like it was not faceted or had a ribbed decoration. Masurements: 32.87mm long, 45.8mm…
Created on: Thursday 21st June 2018
Last updated: Thursday 21st June 2018
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Record ID: KENT-DDA2B2
Object type: AXEHEAD
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Kent
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A fragment of a copper-alloy Bronze Age socketed axe, c.1000-800BC Description: The fragment represents part of the socket and loop of the axe but that is all. The breaks are jagged and partially worn suggesting they broken somepoint in antiquity. Due to its' incompleteness it is not possible to narrow the ID for this object. Measurements: length: 24.37mm width: 15.37mm thickness: 3.41mm weight: 8g
Created on: Monday 23rd April 2018
Last updated: Wednesday 25th April 2018
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Record ID: KENT-0DD8D3
Object type: AXEHEAD
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Kent
Workflow stage: Published Find published
An incomplete and slightly worn cast copper-alloy socketed axehead of Late Bronze Age date (c. 1000 - c.800 BC). Description: The has a relitavely narrow sub-rectangular body, slightly narower in the middle flaring towards the blade end and slightly towrds the haft end. In plan the blade is wide and flaring creating a crescentric cutting edge. What is left of the socket is socket is sub-rectangular in cross section. The socket of the axe is sub-rectangular with patinated breaks around all the sides which have removed the original end of the socket and no evidence of the original proba…
Created on: Friday 13th April 2018
Last updated: Wednesday 18th April 2018
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Record ID: KENT-D5F626
Object type: CHISEL
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Kent
Workflow stage: Published Find published
An incomplete cast copper-alloy flanged chisel of Middle Bronze Age date. Description: It has a long rectangular blade original tapering to a curved splayed cutting edge. The blade however is broken bfore this point and is very worn. The butt end is flat and rectangular in form with prominent flanges to either side and transverse stop ridges on both front and back faces. Although this butt end is snapped a short way along the flanges and remains roughly jagged. Beneath the stop ridges the front and back faces have moulded shield-shaped decorative elements shown in counter-relief. N…
Created on: Monday 5th March 2018
Last updated: Thursday 8th March 2018
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Record ID: KENT-9E799C
Object type: CHISEL
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Kent
Workflow stage: Published Find published
A complete cast and decorated socketed chisel head dating to the Late Bronze Age / Early Iron Age transitional period c.9th-8th century BC, Ewart Park Phase. Description: The chisel has a wide flat crescent shaped blade at the end of a long cylindrical body. The blade heavily abraded. The socket end has an oval aperture 10.57mm by 7.97mm. Each edge has a pair of opposed diagonal lines incised on them, creating a feathered decorative affect. One of the thin edges has the feathering go all the way up to the blade while the other stops before the blade begins to fan out. A fifth line exi…
Created on: Tuesday 6th February 2018
Last updated: Tuesday 8th May 2018
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Record ID: KENT-CBED06
Object type: FLAT AXEHEAD
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Kent
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A heavily worn and corroded middle Bronze Age flat axehead fragment. Dating to EBA III c. 1800-1600 BC. Description: This approximately thumbnail size flake from a flat axehead is heavily worn and corroded. There is a slight raised ridge down the middle of the fragment. It's colour is almost black on one side and a mottled green finish on the other. Measurements: Length: 0.836mm Width: 0.613mm Thickness: 0.096mm Weight: 3.31g Discussion: The poor condition of this object makes determining its exact nature difficult but a number of Bronze Age Specialist agree that it is likely a frag…
Created on: Monday 15th January 2018
Last updated: Wednesday 9th May 2018
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Record ID: PUBLIC-653814
Object type: SICKLE
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Kent
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A fragment of a copper alloy, Late Bronze Age blade, possibly from a sickle, 1250-900 BC. The object is composed of a tapering curve of metal, with a central mid rib that runs the length of the object. Either side of the mid rib the object tapers gently in cross section to form the blades. The object has an even green patina all over. Similar complete sickles can be found in Savory 1980 fig.46 no.6 and 7. These are dated to the late Bronze Age and were from a hoard near Llynfawr, Glam.
Created on: Friday 29th December 2017
Last updated: Tuesday 22nd May 2018
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Tenterden', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: KENT-A8272B
Object type: CASTING WASTE
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Kent
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A piece of copper alloy casting waste likely a 'casting jet' from a two piece mould. Uncertain date possibly Bronze Age. Description: The object is circular in plan and sub-conical. Four circular-sectioned runners project from the body of the object at irregular points on the body. The upper surface is dished with a rough surface. The object has a mid-green patina. Dimensions: 27.42mm in length, 31.46mm long, 26.24mm wide, 56.55g Discussion: Casting jets are waste products which form at the top of a two-piece clay mould when the molten metal has filled the object-shaped void …
Created on: Wednesday 20th December 2017
Last updated: Wednesday 20th December 2017
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Record ID: KENT-A762D7
Object type: AWL
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Kent
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A complete copper alloy awl / leather working tool of uncertain date, possibly Bronze Age but conceivably Roman or medieval. Description: The awl is heavily patinated and has taken a lot of damage around the nib leaving it distorted and with several deep cuts across its surface. The awl has a circular cross section. With a long sharp tapering point. The opposite end to the point is significantly wider and and rounded. Some awls may have been hafted in to a wooden or bone handle however it is uncertain in this case which category it falls into. Measurements:56.38mm long, 4mm, 5.1…
Created on: Wednesday 20th December 2017
Last updated: Wednesday 20th December 2017
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Record ID: KENT-A73509
Object type: AWL
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Kent
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A complete copper alloy awl / leather working tool of uncertain date, possibly Bronze Age but conceivably Roman or medieval. Description: The awl is in very good condition with a dark grey-brown mildly patinated surface. The awl has a square cross section. Both ends taper to a sharp point. One point is slightly longer than the others and each of the four faces is slightly indented. There are some scratches on the rounded end. Some awls may have been hafted in to a wooden or bone handle however this example was probably used in the hand without hafting as both ends of the awl are us…
Created on: Wednesday 20th December 2017
Last updated: Wednesday 20th December 2017
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Record ID: KENT-FC6918
Object type: HOARD
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Kent
Workflow stage: Published Find published
A hoard of 18 Middle Bronze Age, 'Taunton phase (c.1400 BC - 1250 BC) unlooped cast palstaves axes and associated fragments. Description: In total 26 fragments were recovered as part of the hoard and are listed below. Please see the notes section below regarding the numbering and weights. 1. Palstave axehead ['No. 1']. Copper alloy. Near complete palstave, missing section from the cutting blade edges and patches of green corrosion across the body. The casting seams appear to have been trimmed but the blade has not been forged to form a cutting edge. The blade has a crinoline outline.…
Created on: Tuesday 12th December 2017
Last updated: Thursday 9th August 2018
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Otterden', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SOM-C304F9
Object type: INGOT
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Kent
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Fragment of a copper-alloy ingot of probable late Bronze Age date, c. 1150 - 600BC. Part of a plano-convex (bun) discoid ingot possibly suggesting the production in a bowl furnace rather than a mould. The upper is flat and the bottom is convex. Only a small section remains with a part of the original edge and very worn irregular breaks on the other sides. The section of the outside edge is too small to idenify the complete diameter. The ingot is pitted likely due to a mix of impurities in its matrix and the uneven natural material used to create the bowl in which it was cast. …
Created on: Monday 27th November 2017
Last updated: Monday 4th December 2017
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Record ID: KENT-C30281
Object type: SLAG
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: Kent
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
4 fragments of Copper-alloy slag of indeterminate age, c.2350BC - Present Description:The Fragments are varied but all irregular in shape although most have very pourous typical of slag and all green with either a grey or brwn hue. Fragment 4 maybe more high metallic being far less porous and with more smooth edges than the other fragments.. Measurements: Fragment 1: 73.58mm long, 65.63mm wide, 33.06mm thick and 200g in weight. Fragment 2: 30.10mm long, 23.18mm wide, 4.16mm thick and 6.47g in weight. Fragment 3: 2: 40.74mm long, 26.83mm wide, 12.7mm thick and 32.04g i…
Created on: Monday 27th November 2017
Last updated: Wednesday 29th November 2017
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Record ID: KENT-D77BF4
Object type: FLANGED AXEHEAD
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Kent
Workflow stage: Published Find published
An incomplete copper-alloy, flanged axehead, dating from the final phase of the Early to the earliest Middle Bronze Age (c. 2000 - 1500 BC). Possibly of Arreton type dated to Early Bronze Age III, of metalworking stage V, which corresponds to Needham's (1996) Period 3 circa 2000 - 1700 BC or possibly of a Central European type known as a 'Randleistenbeil' dating to a similar period of time (Huegelgraeber-Bronzezeit Reinecke A/B) Description: The axehead survives as the blade end and about a third of its original length. It has flanged parallel sides whcih runs along the back of the…
Created on: Thursday 16th November 2017
Last updated: Friday 17th November 2017
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Record ID: SUR-F4D595
Object type: SPEAR
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Kent
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
The extreme tip of the socket of a possibly Late Bronze Age copper-alloy spearhead with a sharply widening blade, flattened arms and sharp internal corners.
Created on: Tuesday 24th October 2017
Last updated: Thursday 22nd February 2018
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