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    • Period from: BRONZE AGE
    • County: Kent
    • Object type: PALSTAVE

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Record ID: PUBLIC-0A5278
Object type: PALSTAVE
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Kent
Workflow stage: Published Find published
A worn fragment of cast probable Middle Bronze Age transitional or late looped palstave axe head. The fragment of axe survives in the shape of a rough treapezium, with the wider, blade end being more rounded. In cross section it is rectangular to the narrower end and becomes more pointed oval in cross-section towards the blade edge. Due to have pitting no detail of casting seam or simialr casting imperfections are visible. In profile the cutting edge narrows to a rounded point, it is narrow which suggests that it is probably a transitional palstave, although due to wear it is not p…
Created on: Sunday 13th August 2017
Last updated: Wednesday 30th August 2017
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Record ID: KENT-2EE95F
Object type: PALSTAVE
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Kent
Workflow stage: Published Find published
A cast complete but slightly worn and corroded Middle Bronze Age copper-alloy palstave axe of Acton Park (phase 2) or Taunton phases (c. 1500 - c. 1150 BC). Description: It is unlooped with high, curved flanges, fused to the stop ridge. The flanges start to rise gradually from the butt, reaching a maximum height above the septum (the area between the flange facets and the stop ridge). There is a molding seam (or ridge) running the middle length of the blade on each side edge although on edge it is obscured by corrosion).There are three longitudinal ridges decorating each face of t…
Created on: Wednesday 10th May 2017
Last updated: Friday 19th May 2017
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Record ID: KENT-D87B9B
Object type: PALSTAVE
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Kent
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A copper alloy Palstave, probably of the Taunton metalwork style dating to the Middle Bronze Age (c.1400 BC - 1250 BC). The object has been broken in to two peices by an old break as has the butt. The palstave is unlooped with narrow flanges fused to the stop ridge. The width at the butt is 19.2mm. The flanges start to rise gradually from the butt and a parallel in height to the septum. The stop ridge is plain and no decoration on the blade. The blade widens in width forming triangular tips. The blade is broken by an old break before the cresentric cutting edge; it is 48.7mm wide at i…
Created on: Thursday 19th May 2016
Last updated: Monday 26th September 2016
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Record ID: KENT-27087C
Object type: PALSTAVE
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Kent
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A fragment of Middle Bronze Age (c.1500-1150BC) palstave axe-head, surviving only as the cutting edge and a tiny amount of the mid-rib body. The cutting edge is a wide convex crescent shape in plan. The blade is very short and has a steep drop from the body to the cutting edge, with some clear hammer blows and polishing striations visible on the surface. These features suggest an axe-head which has been maintained, the metal redrawn via hammering and re-sharpened a significant number of times. It is difficult to suggest the extent of this maintenance/reuse as palstaves dating from the…
Created on: Monday 4th April 2016
Last updated: Thursday 7th April 2016
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Record ID: KENT-9CFC55
Object type: PALSTAVE
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Kent
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
An incomplete, butt fragment, of an Early-Mid Bronze Age, cast, copper - bronze alloy, flat axe or palstave. Both terminal corners are slightly rounded while the other fractured end is irregular almost with a central notch. It has a wedge shape in side elevation but flat 'H' shape in cross-section with the edges slightly raised above the centre. There is a dark green patina but half the surface has pitted, pale green corrosion. This is likely to date to between 2300BC and 1450BC. Ref. Bronze Age metal work in the Norwich Castle Museum, Norfolk Museum Service 1977, 2nd Edition 1997, pa…
Created on: Friday 7th March 2014
Last updated: Tuesday 11th March 2014
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Record ID: SUR-C1E343
Object type: PALSTAVE
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Kent
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
An Middle Bronze Age unlooped palstave axe. The axe is complete and in good condition and has a crudely incised shield pattern on either side below the stop ridge. Both side show extensive evidence of hammering as well as sharpening striations on the blade. The length of the axe is 141.11mm and the width of the blade is 53.96mm. The maximum thickness is 25.49mm and the axe weighs 335g. Peter Reavill comments: This is a Primary Shield pattern unloopeed pastave. The notch in the butt seems relatively common.The axe is very wedge-like in shape and the out-turned crescentic tips of…
Created on: Monday 16th April 2012
Last updated: Monday 16th April 2012
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Record ID: KENT-4552C6
Object type: PALSTAVE
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Kent
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Bronze Age palstave fragment with worn breaks. Cast in copper alloy. It is 36.04mm long, 36.25mm wide and 12.66mm thick.
Created on: Thursday 15th February 2007
Last updated: Tuesday 24th January 2012
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Record ID: KENT-D71B51
Object type: PALSTAVE
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Kent
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Incomplete Bronze Age palstave cast in copper alloy. The fragment is from the butt end of the palstave, flanked either side by parallel flanges. The the break is extremely worn, and is located above the backstop, thus none of the blade is present on the fragment. The fragment is sub-triangular in profile. The surface is very worn and it has an even green patina. The surviving section of the palstave is 47.85mm long, 24.15mm wide and 14.79mm thick.
Created on: Monday 11th December 2006
Last updated: Thursday 24th February 2011
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Record ID: KENT-D91AF6
Object type: PALSTAVE
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Kent
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Cast copper alloy unlooped middle Bronze Age palstave axehead. The blade has a wide cresent shaped cutting edge that is corroded and chipped with no evidence of the original sharp edge. There is a triangular shaped recess below the stop ridge (blade end) on one side, while corrosion obscures this on the other side. The stop ridge is rectangular in plan, and diamond shaped in profile. There is an old break at the butt end. Casting scars are found down the length of both sides. Mainly dark green in colour with lighter green pitting caused by corrosion. The original polished dark brown pa…
Created on: Thursday 25th August 2005
Last updated: Thursday 24th February 2011
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Record ID: KENT-691B15
Object type: PALSTAVE
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Kent
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Fragment of a cast copper alloy axehead, probably a palstave, comprising one corner section of blade edge and side, with worn breaks. Corroded and pitted surface, with green patina.
Created on: Thursday 13th January 2005
Last updated: Thursday 24th February 2011
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'South Kent', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: KENT-68F981
Object type: PALSTAVE
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Kent
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Blade of a cast copper alloy axehead, probably a Middle Bronze Age palstave. Worn transverse break across body. Also a worn irregular break diagonally down one side of the blade. The blade's cutting edge is also worn and damaged. Surface partially corroded, with some green patination, but also some unpatinated areas.
Created on: Thursday 13th January 2005
Last updated: Thursday 24th February 2011
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'South Kent', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: KENT-68EAD0
Object type: PALSTAVE
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Kent
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Blade of a cast copper alloy axehead, probably a palstave. Worn cutting edge. Worn and irregular transverse break across body. Corroded surface, mixed green and silvery patina.
Created on: Thursday 13th January 2005
Last updated: Thursday 24th February 2011
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'South Kent', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: KENT-68DAA7
Object type: PALSTAVE
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Kent
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Mid-section of a cast copper alloy palstave axehead. Worn transverse breaks either side of stop-ridge. The palstave is unlooped with sub-triangular indented ornament below the stop-ridge. Probably an example of Rowlands' class 3 (Rowlands 1976, 32-33, map 5), similar to examples in the Birchington Hoard. The surface of the axehead, which has a green patina, is heavily corroded with some pitting and traces of bronze disease.
Created on: Thursday 13th January 2005
Last updated: Thursday 24th February 2011
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'South Kent', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: KENT-547263
Object type: PALSTAVE
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Kent
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Butt end of a cast copper alloy palstave axehead. Worn irregular transverse break across body. Low flanged. Worn surface, corroded with some bronze disease. Unpatinated surface partially present.
Created on: Wednesday 12th January 2005
Last updated: Thursday 24th February 2011
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'South Kent', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: KENT-3C5E95
Object type: PALSTAVE
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Kent
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Butt end of a cast copper alloy palstave axehead. Worn transverse break across body. The tip of the butt end is also broken off. Casting flash present down both sides. Corroded, with some traces of bronze disease, but areas of unpatinated surface also present.
Created on: Tuesday 11th January 2005
Last updated: Thursday 24th February 2011
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'South Kent', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: KENT-3C4690
Object type: PALSTAVE
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Kent
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Butt end of a cast copper alloy palstave axehead. Worn irregular tranverse break across body. Low flanged. Corroded with some traces of bronze disease, although the surface is unpatinated in areas. Miscasting has resulted in an additional strip of metal projecting along one side of the axehead. There is no sign of any attempt to remove this.
Created on: Tuesday 11th January 2005
Last updated: Thursday 24th February 2011
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'South Kent', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: KENT-3C24C4
Object type: PALSTAVE
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Kent
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Butt end of a cast copper alloy palstave axehead. Worn transverse break across the body. Low flanged. Corroded, with some bronze disease. Unpatinated surface partially present.
Created on: Tuesday 11th January 2005
Last updated: Thursday 24th February 2011
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'South Kent', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: KENT4384
Object type: PALSTAVE
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Kent
Workflow stage: Published Find published
Fragment of palstave axehead.
Created on: Friday 12th July 2002
Last updated: Thursday 24th February 2011
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Record ID: KENT614
Object type: PALSTAVE
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Kent
Workflow stage: Published Find published
blade of palstave, not looped, broken trident decoration at haft end of blade where the blade has broken, cutting edge also damaged
Created on: Wednesday 16th September 1998
Last updated: Thursday 24th February 2011
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'KENT BEKESBOURNE WITH PATRIXBOURNE', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: KENT368
Object type: PALSTAVE
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Kent
Workflow stage: Published Find published
lead single looped palstave, loop broken, plough damage to side of blade, crude style
Created on: Tuesday 18th August 1998
Last updated: Thursday 24th February 2011
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'KENT CANTERBURY', grid reference and parish protected.


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