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    • Period from: BRONZE AGE
    • County: Kent
    • Object type: SOCKETED AXEHEAD
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Record ID: KENT-0BC403
Object type: SOCKETED AXEHEAD
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Kent
Workflow stage: Published Find published
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: Monday 7th January 2019
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Record ID: KENT-B614D9
Object type: SOCKETED 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 hav…
Created on: Thursday 21st June 2018
Last updated: Monday 7th January 2019
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Record ID: KENT-B5A3A6
Object type: SOCKETED AXEHEAD
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Kent
Workflow stage: Published Find published
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: Monday 7th January 2019
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Record ID: KENT-0DD8D3
Object type: SOCKETED 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 object has a narrow sub-rectangular body, slightly narrower in the middle flaring towards the blade end and slightly towards 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 probabl…
Created on: Friday 13th April 2018
Last updated: Wednesday 9th January 2019
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Record ID: PUBLIC-C08B81
Object type: SOCKETED AXEHEAD
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Kent
Workflow stage: Published Find published
A fragment of a cast copper alloy Late Bronze Age socketed axe probably a Southeastern type dating to the period c.1000 - 800 BC. It is trapezoidal in shape and has a narrowed, triangular profile. The axe fragment consists of the lower portion of the axe that contain the slightly expanded cutting edge and the sides up to an old break just above the socket aperture to where the core of the mould would have ended. The remains of the socket are sub-rectangular in shape. There is no decoration visible on the surface. The width measures 49.6 mm across the cutting edge and 35.5 mm across t…
Created on: Thursday 10th August 2017
Last updated: Friday 8th February 2019
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Sandwich', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: PUBLIC-CC14FC
Object type: SOCKETED AXEHEAD
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Kent
Workflow stage: Published Find published
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. There is substantial casting line running from the rim and along the mid-line of the loop onto the body of the axe. It appears this casting feature has had very limited finishing. The fragment is dark green on the surfaces and a light green on the breaks which may sugge…
Created on: Saturday 29th July 2017
Last updated: Friday 8th February 2019
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Record ID: KENT-C91A27
Object type: SOCKETED AXEHEAD
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Kent
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 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: 27.3mm long, 36.16mm wide, 12.81…
Created on: Friday 4th November 2016
Last updated: Friday 4th November 2016
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Record ID: KENT-B376FD
Object type: SOCKETED AXEHEAD
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Kent
Workflow stage: Published Find published
A fragment of a Bronze Age cast copper alloy axe, probably from a socketed axe dating from the Late Bronze Age, i.e. c. 1000-800BC. The fragments is very worn and has been broken away by an old break. The axe splays evenly from the rectangular socket towards the rounded cutting edge. The rest of the blade, mouth, moulding and side loop are all missing. The fragment is 34.5mm long, 32.6mm wide, 12.7mm thick and weighs 36.47 grams.
Created on: Wednesday 10th February 2016
Last updated: Friday 10th March 2017
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Record ID: PUBLIC-CEED5D
Object type: SOCKETED AXEHEAD
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Kent
Workflow stage: Published Find published
A Late Bronze Age/Earliest Iron Age complete cast copper alloy socketed axehead of South-Eastern (LBA) or Sompting (EIA) type, of the Ewart Park/Llyn Fawr metalworking tradition. The axehead is wedge-shaped with a square socket at the haft end. Internally the socket tapers and narrows from the mouth to the cutting edge. Externally the axehead expands gently along the body before a very slightly wider flare to the curved but now damaged cutting edge. There is a wide circumferential raised mouth moulding at the socket, with a second much narrower moulding below. To one side of the mouth…
Created on: Wednesday 19th November 2014
Last updated: Thursday 22nd February 2018
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Record ID: PUBLIC-6C6D27
Object type: SOCKETED AXEHEAD
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Kent
Workflow stage: Published Find published
An incomplete copper alloy socketed axe dating from the Late Bronze Age, that is c. 1000-800BC. South Eastern Type. The body is sub-rectangular in plan and wedge shaped in profile. Casting seams are present on both sides indicating a two piece mould. Most of the socket and securing loop are missing probably broken in antiquity as the broken edges have the same dark green patina as the surviving body. The socket has a double groove pattern around its circumference just below the lip. The blade, which is solid, flares out to a curved pronounced blade edge. Generally the overall thick…
Created on: Monday 30th July 2012
Last updated: Monday 9th January 2017
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Manston', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: KENT-40C194
Object type: SOCKETED AXEHEAD
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Kent
Workflow stage: Published Find published
A very worn lower body of a cast copper alloy socketed looped axe dating from the Late Bronze Age, that is c. 11th-9th century BC. Most of the socket moulding and the blade is missing; the surface is heavily abraded and patinated. It looks like it was of South Eastern ribbed type, part of the Late Bronze Age Wilburton or, more likely, Ewart Park metalwork assemblage, 10th C BC. A better identification is impossible due to the condition of the axe,
Created on: Thursday 11th February 2010
Last updated: Thursday 16th November 2017
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Record ID: KENT-FF58C5
Object type: SOCKETED AXEHEAD
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Kent
Workflow stage: Published Find published
Fragment of a cast copper-alloy axehead, probably a Late Bronze Age socketed axehead. Only a small part of the cutting edge is present and the break just above the blade edge is worn.
Created on: Wednesday 15th June 2005
Last updated: Thursday 24th February 2011
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'COBHAM', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: KENT-8D80E4
Object type: SOCKETED AXEHEAD
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Kent
Workflow stage: Published Find published
A fagment of a bronze socketed axehead. Only the blade end is present and none of the socket remains. The blade is expanded and there are blade tip hollows. Most of the blade edge is intact, although with some corrosion chipping. The transverse break just above blade tips is worn. There are many very fine transverse lines close to the blade edge on both faces. Mixed green and brown patina. Forms part of a hoard of Late Bronze Age metalwork, probably deposited circa 1000 to 800 BC.
Created on: Tuesday 10th August 2004
Last updated: Thursday 24th February 2011
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Record ID: KENT-8D53D7
Object type: SOCKETED AXEHEAD
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Kent
Workflow stage: Published Find published
Fragment of a bronze socketed axehead, South Eastern Type A. Sub-rectangular mouth with double moulding. A short length of the socket and most of loop survive only. Even, worn transverse break across body probably occurred in antiquity. Some casting flashes are present along both sides. Green and green-brown patina. Forms part of a hoard of Late Bronze Age metalwork, probably deposited circa 1000 to 800 BC.
Created on: Tuesday 10th August 2004
Last updated: Thursday 24th February 2011
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Record ID: KENT-8D44F3
Object type: SOCKETED AXEHEAD
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Kent
Workflow stage: Published Find published
Incomplete bronze socketed axehead. Only the lower half survives, with a worn and irregular transverse break across the socket. The body of the axe narrows just below the break. There are blade tip hollows and the blade is expanded. Most of the blade edge and both tips are missing, and the edge and surface around the blade is heavily corrosion chipped. The casting flash has mostly been removed. There are many fine transverse lines across one face of the axe only. Mixed light to brown-green patina. Forms part of a hoard of Late Bronze Age metalwork, probably deposited circa 1000 to 8…
Created on: Tuesday 10th August 2004
Last updated: Thursday 24th February 2011
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Record ID: KENT-8CF725
Object type: SOCKETED AXEHEAD
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Kent
Workflow stage: Published Find published
Complete bronze looped and socketed axehead, South Eastern Type A. Sub-circular mouth with double mouth moulding, with a small perforation just below the moulding on one side. It is unclear if the latter is a result of miscasting or damage. Considerable casting flash survives along most of the length of both sides and on the loop, but it has mostly been removed towards the blade. The blade is not widely expanded and the blade tip is missing on one side. There are many very fine transverse lines close to the blade edge. The surviving blade edge is heavily corrosion chipped. Dark gr…
Created on: Tuesday 10th August 2004
Last updated: Thursday 24th February 2011
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Record ID: KENT-F005E2
Object type: SOCKETED AXEHEAD
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Kent
Workflow stage: Published Find published
Cast bronze socketed and looped axehead. There is an hour-glass moulding on both faces. One side of the axehead is damaged, with a section of the socket missing. The edges of this break appear, at least in places, to be fairly fresh, suggesting this break is the result of plough damage. There are also traces of wear and/or damage on the edge of the blade. Axeheads of this type date to the Ewart Park phase of metal working in the late Bronze Age, circa 1000-800 BC.
Created on: Monday 22nd March 2004
Last updated: Thursday 24th February 2011
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Near Canterbury', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: KENT-3919C5
Object type: SOCKETED AXEHEAD
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Kent
Workflow stage: Published Find published
A fragment of a Late Bronze Age socketed axehead. Blade end fragment.
Created on: Wednesday 20th August 2003
Last updated: Thursday 24th February 2011
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'St Margarets at Cliffe', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: KENT-605037
Object type: SOCKETED AXEHEAD
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Kent
Workflow stage: Published Find published
Fragment of a cast bronze looped and socketed axehead. Only part of the one side with the loop is extant.
Created on: Tuesday 10th June 2003
Last updated: Thursday 24th February 2011
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Chislet', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: KENT3988
Object type: SOCKETED AXEHEAD
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Kent
Workflow stage: Published Find published
Late Bronze Age bronze socketed axehead (incomplete and very corroded). Single loop. One side of the blade is much thinner than the other. Very clear mould marks.
Created on: Thursday 13th December 2001
Last updated: Thursday 24th February 2011
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