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    • Period from: BRONZE AGE
    • Object type: PALSTAVE

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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
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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
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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
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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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Record ID: BUC-722493
Object type: PALSTAVE
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Buckinghamshire
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A complete copper alloy unlooped palstave axehead, dating to the middle Bronze Age, 1500-1400 BC. The palstave is rectangular in shape with a central stop ridge which is worn on both sides. In cross section from the top the axehead is H shaped. After the stop ridge the axehead flares out to form a wide curved blade which measures 72.9mm in width. In profile the blade is triangular and narrows to a sharp edge. There are a couple of small breaks and notches in the blade edge. In cross section from the side the axehead is composed of two ovals. On both sides there is a irregular casti…
Created on: Tuesday 23rd January 2018
Last updated: Friday 16th February 2018
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Record ID: NARC-3881A0
Object type: PALSTAVE
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Northamptonshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A fragment of a cast copper alloy Palstave of middle to late Bronze Age date (1500-1150 BC). The item consists of the butt end, of the socketed aspect of the object, designed to fit a wooden handle. The flanges are retained on both sides, tapering into the butt. At the break is transverse, old and abraded. The metal is dark green in colour with areas of light green corrosion and pitting. The core of the object, as visible due to the break, is light green and shows signs of active copper corrosion. Length: 28.18mm, Width: 26.97mm, Thickness: 7.61mm, Thickness (with flanges): …
Created on: Monday 8th January 2018
Last updated: Tuesday 9th January 2018
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Record ID: WMID-7D44CA
Object type: PALSTAVE
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Staffordshire
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An incomplete copper alloy (bronze) blade, probably from a palstave of Middle Bronze Age dating (c. 1500 BC to c. 1150 BC). The blade fragment is triangular in both shape and cross section. Only the lower portion of the blade is present, with a rectangular cross section, it has broken below the stop ridge. The sides are concave. A central ridge runs two thirds of the length of the front and back faces. The cutting edge is lost, but it still retains a convex form. The palstave fragment measures 71.8 mm in length, 62.3 wide (at the blade), 23.8 mm wide (at the break), 15.7 mm thic…
Created on: Monday 18th December 2017
Last updated: Monday 18th December 2017
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Record ID: BERK-479CCD
Object type: PALSTAVE
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: West Berkshire
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A fragment of a cast copper alloy palstave dating to the MIddle Bronze Age, c. 1500-1300 BC. The fragment consists of the butt end of the axe, showing the two pronounced side ridges characteristic of these tools.
Created on: Tuesday 21st November 2017
Last updated: Wednesday 21st February 2018
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Record ID: SOM-466C3D
Object type: PALSTAVE
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Somerset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Middle Bronze Age cast copper-alloy palstave (axehead) of unlooped type .The palstave is corroded, with some losses at its extremities. The septum is thinner than the blade, 7.5mm thick, indicating that this is a palstave rather than an earlier flanged axe (Schmidt and Burgess 1981, 115). The flanges gradually widen (increase in height) from the butt to the stop to a maximum of 26.7mm, creating a triangular shape in profile. The stop is angled forwards slightly at its centre and is thicker than the flanges at the centre. It is 10.6mm bove the septum on one side, 9.2mm on the other. T…
Created on: Thursday 9th November 2017
Last updated: Tuesday 14th November 2017
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Trudoxhill', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SF-325CB8
Object type: PALSTAVE
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Suffolk
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
An incomplete and highly corroded copper-alloy probable unlooped palstave type axehead dating to the Middle Bronze Age, c. 1500-1300 BC, perhaps of the Acton Park II metalworking assemblage. The butt and most of the blade have broken away in old damage, though otherwise the axehead is preserved relatively intact. It is broadly rectangular in plan and section, demonstrating a profile which thickens towards the midpoint of the object before thinning again as the axe flares outwards slightly towards the blade end, with parallel sides and a presumably originally convex cutting edge (now lo…
Created on: Wednesday 8th November 2017
Last updated: Friday 15th December 2017
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Bradfield St Clare', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: PUBLIC-C8562E
Object type: PALSTAVE
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Lincolnshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A late Bronze Age copper alloy unlooped palstave dating to c.1500-1000BC, and probably belonging to Acton Park phase of Bronze Age metalwork. In profile the axe has a slender rectangular body which flares to a blade at one end, and gently tapers to the butt at the other end. In plan the axe is a slender lozenge shape. The butt is unevenly worn and tapers diagonally from top to bottom.The butt is H-shaped in section with wings that extend circa 6mm out from the body. 54mm along from the butt is a pronounced but worn stop ridge on both sides that extends some 4mm from the body. Th…
Created on: Friday 3rd November 2017
Last updated: Wednesday 22nd November 2017
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Bardney', grid reference and parish protected.


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