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    • Period from: BRONZE AGE
    • Object type: PALSTAVE

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Record ID: LANCUM-E2C0A7
Object type: PALSTAVE
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Derbyshire
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Copper-alloy looped palstave dating to the middle Bronze Age (c. 1300 - 1150 BC). The object is broadly lozenge-shaped in section. It has a narrow, elongated blade which widens and narrows to the cutting edge, and a rectangular septum at the other end, with raised sides. There is a loop to one side at the juncture between blade and septum. The object has a worn, dark-brown surface with patches of green copper corrosion. It is 178.0mm in length, 53.4mm in width and 34.1mm in thickness. This type of palstave is typically dated to the middle Bronze Age on analogy with excavated examples.…
Created on: Friday 28th September 2018
Last updated: Saturday 29th September 2018
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Record ID: LEIC-BE1915
Object type: PALSTAVE
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Leicestershire
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Bronze age copper alloy palstave fragment, the object consists of the butt end and central portion of a palstave with a prominent stop ridge.
Created on: Tuesday 21st August 2018
Last updated: Tuesday 28th August 2018
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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: SOM-06B194
Object type: PALSTAVE
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Somerset
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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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Record ID: HAMP-064990
Object type: PALSTAVE
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Hampshire
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An incomplete Middle Bronze Age copper alloy unlooped palstave axehead of Schmidt and Burgess' Group I (Primary Shield Pattern), with a small amount of damage to the butt end, cutting edge and flanges. One face and two sides of the axehead retain much of the original shiny, smooth olive green-brown soloured patina. Elsewhere, where the patina is lost, the metal is rough, heavily pitted, and a blueish-green in colour. The blade is triangular in shape, the long edges a little in-curved and the cutting edge expanded (51.2mm wide). Visible on the face retaining its original patina, the cu…
Created on: Thursday 19th July 2018
Last updated: Friday 20th July 2018
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Record ID: BH-7281C8
Object type: PALSTAVE
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Oxfordshire
Workflow stage: Published Find published
An incomplete cast copper-alloy palstave axe dating to the Middle Bronze Age (c. BC 1600-1400). The palstave is near-complete with only part of the broken butt missing. The palstave is roughly sub-rectangular in shape and flattens and flares outwards to form a wide rounded blade, giving the object a slender elongated sub-ovular shaped cross-section. The butt is H-shaped in section and terminates towards the centre of the axe with shallow rounded stop-ridge and a peltate-shaped recess on both sides at right angles to the septum. The flanges are flat, sub-ovular in plan, straight and par…
Created on: Thursday 12th July 2018
Last updated: Thursday 6th September 2018
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Record ID: DENO-22E8C5
Object type: PALSTAVE
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Derbyshire
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A cast copper alloy, Bronze Age (c. 1500-1000 BC) looped (missing), palstave axe head. The axe head comprises a curved, fan shaped cutting edge, which has suffered damage and corrosion. This tapers back in a curve to the stop ridge, before levelling out to form the rest of the axe. There is a prominent vertical rib running down the centre of the blade on both faces, from the stop ridge, to within approximately 20mm from the blade's edge, this is mirrored by two slighter ribs running either side, along the blades edges. Casting seams are visible along both sides of the axe head. Just be…
Created on: Tuesday 26th June 2018
Last updated: Friday 21st September 2018
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Record ID: SF-FC997B
Object type: PALSTAVE
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Essex
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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: 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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Record ID: DEV-577913
Object type: PALSTAVE
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Wiltshire
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A Middle Bronze Age copper alloy small palstave axehead or chisel, probably dating to c. 1500-1100 BC. The palstave is 71.6mm long, with the butt end being rectangular in plan and of largely consistant width, 11.0mm at the stop ridge, the blade exands in width from the stop ridge reaching 18.0mm at the rounded cutting edge, with no wing tips. In profile the blade is of largely consistant thickness, 3.6mm at the midpoint, although tapering to a point at the cutting edge. The palstave flares outwards into the stop ridge, 12.0mm thick, before tapering into the butt, with sub-triangular fl…
Created on: Wednesday 23rd May 2018
Last updated: Friday 13th July 2018
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Record ID: ESS-17C46C
Object type: PALSTAVE
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Essex
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Fragmentary copper-alloy palstave axe dating from the Middle Bronze Age c. 1500 - 1000 BC. The axe retains part of the blade and stop-ridge. The blade is lentoid in section and sub-rectangular in shape, flaring outwards nearer the blade edge. The blade edge is now missing. The stop-ridge is rectangular in shape, though the depression in one face is deeper than the other. The butt portion of the axe is also missing. The thickest portion of the item is the junction between blade and stop-ridge where flanges rise to meet at the centre. The surface is very worn and the axe appears to b…
Created on: Tuesday 8th May 2018
Last updated: Thursday 7th June 2018
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Record ID: DEV-71E97B
Object type: PALSTAVE
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Devon
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An incomplete Bronze Age copper alloy Palstave, probably dating to c. 1,500-1,300 BC. The Palstave comprises of the blade only, the butt-end, including the entirety of the septum and flanges being lost to an old break at the stop ridge. The vestigial remains of loop are present, with a broken and abraded projection from one lateral face below the stop ridge. Each broad face features corroded rident or shield shaped decoration, cast in low relief below the stop ridge. In plan the blade flares widely into a crescentic cutting edge, but with no evidence for flanged blade tips, whilst in p…
Created on: Monday 30th April 2018
Last updated: Tuesday 1st May 2018
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Record ID: WMID-6279E4
Object type: PALSTAVE
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Leicestershire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A copper alloy lower blade fragment from a palstave dating to the Middle Bronze Age, circa 1500-1300 BC. The shape of the fragment is sub-triangular in plan and triangular in profile; the cross section at the break is sub-rectangular in form. The blade is broken below the stop ridge, due to this it is uncertain whether this fragment is from a looped - or unlooped palstave variant. The sides of the palstave gently taper from the break to the blade where the tips of the blade protrude markedly. The cutting edge is crescentic and relatively well defined, however it is very worn and the …
Created on: Thursday 5th April 2018
Last updated: Thursday 5th April 2018
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Record ID: DEV-7C73DE
Object type: PALSTAVE
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Devon
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A fragment of a Middle Bronze Age copper alloy palstave, probably dating to c. 1500-1100 BC. The surviving fragment comprises of the upper portion of the blade, truncated below the stop ridge at the butt end and with the cutting edge also lost. Both breaks are worn and patinated. The fragment is sub-trapezoidal in plan, slightly flaring towards the cutting edge, and sub-triangular in cross section, measuring 21.5mm wide by 15.5mm thick at the butt end, and 37.3mm wide by 7.4mm thick at the cutting edge-end. The fragment is 47.3mm in length. There is the suggestion of a mid-rib on one f…
Created on: Tuesday 13th March 2018
Last updated: Thursday 15th March 2018
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Record ID: BERK-FFF2B5
Object type: PALSTAVE
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Oxfordshire
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A complete copper-alloy early phase palstave dating to the Middle Bronze Age (c. 1500-1300 BC): The blade of the palstave is sub-trapezoidal in plan with slightly concave sides, flared blade tips, and no side loop. The cutting edge is slightly abraded on one edge although this appears to cut through the patina suggesting post-depositional damage. The sides of the blade are concave in plan, and this curvature stops at the junction of the blade and flange side. In profile the blade is sub-triangular with the widest section being before the stop ridge. The stop ridge has a small hole be…
Created on: Wednesday 7th March 2018
Last updated: Thursday 22nd March 2018
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Record ID: NMS-EABD84
Object type: PALSTAVE
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Norfolk
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Incomplete Middle Bronze Age copper alloy looped palstave, only the stumps of the loop surviving. Surfaces are pockmarked and some patches are iron stained. Small parts of the flanges and the butt end are missing. Extant length 130mm. Width 55mm. Thickness 31.5mm. Weight 328g. c.1600 - c.1000 BC.
Created on: Tuesday 6th March 2018
Last updated: Thursday 5th April 2018
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Record ID: LIN-FED751
Object type: PALSTAVE
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: North East Lincolnshire
Workflow stage: Published Find published
An incomplete copper alloy palstave fragment of Middle Bronze Age date (c. 1500-1200 BC). The fragment is approximately triangular in profile and rectangular in section. The blade end survives intact but has corroded surfaces with some encrustation and a mid-brown to green patina. The sides of the palstave taper inwards from the ends of the blade, before terminating in an old break. This fragment is probably from a palstave, although it could potentially be from the tip of a socketed axe head or a small chisel. Similar examples recorded on the PAS database include: SF-AE99A4 and PUB…
Created on: Friday 23rd February 2018
Last updated: Thursday 15th March 2018
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Record ID: BERK-C4E865
Object type: PALSTAVE
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Oxfordshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A fragment of a cast copper alloy palstave axe, dating to the Middle to Late Bronze Age date (1500-1150 BC). The fragment is the butt end of the palstave, with the raised flanges of the edges of the axe retained.
Created on: Tuesday 20th February 2018
Last updated: Thursday 1st March 2018
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Record ID: IOW-9C577A
Object type: PALSTAVE
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Isle of Wight
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
An incomplete Bronze Age copper-alloy palstave (1500 BC - 1150 BC). This implement is sub-triangular in plan and side view. The butt, flange, septum, loop (if one existed) and part of the blade are missing and there are two old breaks. The upper break, close to where a stop-ridge may have existed, is sub-rectangular in cross-section and measures 23.3mm in width and 13.6mm in thickness. The edges of the blade are slightly convex. From the upper break, the sides flare evenly outwards towards the cutting edge. Less than half of the cutting edge has survived as there is an oblique br…
Created on: Tuesday 6th February 2018
Last updated: Tuesday 6th February 2018
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Isle of Wight', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: WAW-44B22D
Object type: PALSTAVE
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Carmarthenshire
Workflow stage: Published Find published
Primary / Middle Bronze Age copper-alloy early palstave (1500-1300 BC): The blade of the palstave is sub-trapezoidal in plan with slightly concave sides, flared blade tips, and no side loop. The cutting edge is heavily abraded, as is the surface of the blade so not sure whether it is symmetrical or asymmetrical through use. The sides of the blade are concave in plan, and this curvature stops at the junction of the blade and flange side. In profile the blade is sub-triangular with the widest section being before the stop ridge. There are no traces of a casting seam but this may be due …
Created on: Friday 2nd February 2018
Last updated: Friday 9th February 2018
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