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Record ID: KENT-0BC403
Object type: AXEHEAD
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Kent
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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: 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: KENT-F6C876
Object type: SCRAPER (TOOL)
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Kent
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A coarse flint scraper likely dating to the late Bronze Age or Iron age c.1000BC - 0BC . Description: The scraper was produced from a secondary flake, irregularly shaped, although with four sides. The flaking has left substle conchoidal ripples on both sides of the flint and a substantial bulb of percussion on the ventral face. The retouch is formed from short scaled semi-abrupt retouch from the ventral face through the cortex on one edge and scaled long semi-abrupt on the wide edge perpedicular to the cortex edge. This latter retouch may be intended to creat a boring point on the cor…
Created on: Wednesday 18th July 2018
Last updated: Thursday 19th July 2018
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Record ID: KENT-F6A5D8
Object type: SCRAPER (TOOL)
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Kent
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A coarse flint scraper likely dating to the late Bronze Age or Iron age c.1000BC - 0BC . Description: The scraper was produced from an ovoid secondary flake (indicated by the substantial light brown cortex remaining on the dorsal face). The flaking has left substle conchoidal ripples on both sides of the flint and a substantial bulb of percussion on the ventral face. The retouch is formed from short scaled semi-abrupt retouch from the ventral face through the cortex on the more evenly rounded edge. The flint is a dark blue-grey with some lighter mottling. Measurements: 35.93mm long, …
Created on: Wednesday 18th July 2018
Last updated: Thursday 19th July 2018
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Record ID: HAMP-C8A4F8
Object type: AXEHEAD
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Hampshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A small copper alloy, perhaps miniature or 'model', Middle Bronze Age palstave axehead of Schmidt and Burgess 'unclassified low-flanged palstave' type with broad blade (group III) and without side loop, belonging to the Taunton phase of metalworking and corresponding to Needham's period 5, 1500-1150 BC. The flanges are a little worn (old damage) but the object is otherwise complete. From the central stop ridge (13.5mm wide, 13.3mm thick) the blade has gently expanding straight sides, curving into a broad but flattish cutting edge 19.8mm wide (with possible old damage to one corner). Di…
Created on: Monday 16th July 2018
Last updated: Tuesday 17th July 2018
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Record ID: SUSS-C77DC5
Object type: NEEDLE
Broad period: UNKNOWN
County: Norfolk
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A cast copper-alloy needle of uncertain Bronze Age to Post Medieval date. The needle shaft is oval in cross-section. The needle tapers at each end, but each end is damaged preventing further identification. It measures 54.6mm long and 2.5mm diameter at the middle and it weighs 1.77 grams.
Created on: Monday 16th July 2018
Last updated: Tuesday 17th July 2018
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Record ID: DOR-C403E1
Object type: DEBITAGE
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Wiltshire
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A crude elongate plano-convex knife. Made on a large secondary flake of pale grey flint with off-white mottles. It retains a small area of abraded nodule cortex and there is iron staining along the flake ridges. There is a small bulb of percussion at the proximal end and numerous irregularly spaced waves of percussion on the ventral face. There are several large parallel flaking scars on the dorsal face. There is scalar retouch along both of the long edges and at the distal end. Along one side the retouch is semi abrupt and along the opposite edge the retouch is more invasive and proba…
Created on: Monday 16th July 2018
Last updated: Tuesday 17th July 2018
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Record ID: NARC-878504
Object type: DAGGER
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Buckinghamshire
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A fragment of a copper alloy Blade, Dagger or Rapier, of Mid to Late Bronze Age date (1600-800 BC). The object is rectangular in plan and a pointed oval in cross section. It is incomplete on all sides but has a visible bevel along the left and right hand edges away from the mid-rib. The upper end has been broken transversely resulting in the loss of the butt end. The lower end tapers to a rounded point. There are some breaks and abrasion to both left and right hand edges. Length: 133.61mm, Width: 22.93mm, Thickness: 6.50mm, Weight: 64.7g. The metal is a dark green in colour with a …
Created on: Friday 13th July 2018
Last updated: Friday 13th July 2018
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Record ID: NLM-6021CB
Object type: SCRAPER (TOOL)
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: North Lincolnshire
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Flint with cortex, scraper. A small thick chunk with broad flakes removed from its dorsal side by hard hammer strike and with a flat ventral surface. The thickest end of the chunk has received short abrupt retouch executed from the dorsal aspect, producing a broad working face which was subsequently lightly battered. A dense creamy patina overall suggests the object has endured prolonged exposure to a calcareous environment after its deposition. Suggested date: Early Bronze Age, 2350-1600 BC. Length: 38.6mm, Width: 35.7mm, Thickness: 21.2mm, Weight: 30.65gms
Created on: Wednesday 11th July 2018
Last updated: Wednesday 11th July 2018
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Low Burnham', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SF-F7CBD9
Object type: SPEAR
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Suffolk
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A copper-alloy fragment of a Bronze Age spearhead, dating to c. 1500-800 BC. It is sub-rectangular in plan and slightly tapering towards one end. It consists of a portion of the blade wing and part of the midrib. The surviving blade has a longitudinal bevel on both faces and it breaks on its inner edge. Along the latter break there are two semi-circular dents, which suggest some sort of old percussion. Only one face of the fragmentary midrib survives showing the inside surface of the socket. Both short ends of the spearhead are affected by old breaks. The surfaces are abraded and cover…
Created on: Friday 6th July 2018
Last updated: Wednesday 11th July 2018
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Wetherden', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: HAMP-F4F5EC
Object type: SPEAR
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A fragment of Middle Bronze Age copper alloy side-looped spearhead of Greenwell & Brewis' Class IV, consisting of an incomplete socket-end only. The metal is badly pitted and little original patina remains. The socket-end is worn and damaged and measures 10.2mm wide and 10.8mm tall (internal 7.5x8.1mm). To one face, just above the socket-end where the patina is retained, are two sections of parallel line. Possible traces of linear decoration on corresponding worn areas at this point suggest these might have been a pair of decorative concentric grooves. Above, the loops extend to e…
Created on: Friday 6th July 2018
Last updated: Friday 13th July 2018
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Record ID: BUC-E3E35D
Object type: SCABBARD
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Buckinghamshire
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A complete copper alloy scabbard chape dating to the late Bronze Age, 1150 - 800 BC. The chape is sub triangular or ogival in shape, and lozenge shaped in cross section. At the open end the chape curves upwards into two convex arms, creating a crescent shape. The outside edges curve down gradually to half way down the chape, before narrowing at a more steep angle. The chape terminates with a rounded knop, at the end of which is a circular hole and rivet to attach the knop. Running down the centre of the chape on both sides is a raised ridge, this slopes gradually down to the edge of th…
Created on: Thursday 5th July 2018
Last updated: Tuesday 10th July 2018
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Record ID: WMID-E3E184
Object type: SPEAR
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Shropshire
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An incomplete copper alloy socketed, side-looped spearhead, dating from the early Middle Bronze Age (c.1550-1250 BC). The spear can probably be assigned to Davis's Group 7 'Special Side Looped'. The object has a broken blade of indented quadrilateral section. There is a prominent longitudinal mid-rib on both sides of the spear blade and abraded cutting edges. Approximately one third of the blade has been broken off. The socketed end of the spear measures 15.76mm in diameter. The single side loop towards the base of the socketed end has since broken away. There is a hole on one face of …
Created on: Thursday 5th July 2018
Last updated: Wednesday 11th July 2018
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Record ID: NLM-CD7254
Object type: AXEHEAD
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: North Lincolnshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Copper alloy axe head fragment. A tiny chip from the end of the cutting edge of a cast axe head, possibly parted from its matrix at the site of a casting flaw. The cutting edge was crescentic with abrupt ends, though too little remains to firmly ascribe this scrap to a particular type. Suggested date: Middle to Late Bronze Age, 1600-800 BC. Height: 18.2mm, Width: 9.5mm, Thickness: 5mm, Weight: 2.59gms
Created on: Wednesday 4th July 2018
Last updated: Thursday 5th July 2018
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Record ID: NLM-CD5186
Object type: SCRAPER (TOOL)
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: North Lincolnshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Brown flint with cortex spot, scraper. A tiny thumbnail scraper with narrow flakes trimmed from its dorsal side and with a concave ventral surface. Short abrupt retouch executed from the dorsal aspect follows a curved edge. Suggested date: Early Bronze Age, 2350-1600 BC. Length: 15.3mm, Width: 16.4mm, Thickness: 5.4mm, Weight: 1.49gms
Created on: Wednesday 4th July 2018
Last updated: Thursday 5th July 2018
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Record ID: IOW-A2EB30
Object type: SOCKETED AXEHEAD
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Isle of Wight
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A fragment of a Late Bronze Age copper-alloy socketed axehead. This fragment is irregular in plan and is part of the mouth of the axehead. The outer face is bulbous at the top, narrows and then becomes bulbous again. Between each bulbous section the wall is very thin. The rear face is flat except for a vertical rib. The fragment has a dark green patina and the breaks are old. Length: 23.7mm; width: 22.0mm; maximum thickness of rim: 4.3mm. Weight: 8.09g.
Created on: Monday 2nd July 2018
Last updated: Tuesday 10th July 2018
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Isle of Wight', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: DOR-9C4AB8
Object type: AWL
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Dorset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Cast copper alloy awl. The the awl is sub-circular in cross-section and is faceted longitudinally. It tapers to a point at both ends. One end is slightly thicker than the other and is damaged and corroded.Date: Bronze Age - c. 2150 - 800 BCDimensions: 47.62 mm x 6.62 mmWeight: 5.77g Plain copper alloy awls are hard to date precisely but ones of this form are known to have been introduced in the Bronze Age (2150-800 BC) with most being Late Bronze Age in date (1150-800 BC).
Created on: Monday 2nd July 2018
Last updated: Tuesday 3rd July 2018
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Record ID: OXON-24920E
Object type: BARBED AND TANGED ARROWHEAD
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Oxfordshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A complete barbed and tanged flint arrowhead dating from the Early to Middle Bronze age (c.2400 - 1000 BC). The arrowhead is made on a secondary flake of mottled dark brown flint. The cortex is light. There are soft hammer, low angle scaled bifacial removals around all external edges with the centre of the arrowhead left unretouched.
Created on: Tuesday 26th June 2018
Last updated: Tuesday 26th June 2018
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Stanton Harcourt', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: BUC-23F078
Object type: AWL
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Milton Keynes
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
An incomplete copper alloy possible awl of uncertain date, possibly dating to the Bronze Age - Medieval period, 2000BC - AD.1100. The object is a single cast chisel with a flat bladed terminal that widens towards the middle of the piece before tapering down to a point which is now worn. There is no decoration on the object and it has an dark red brown patina. Small chisels and tools of this type were used for an extensive period of time, not simply in the bronze age, but also in later periods for jewellery making and fine work. As such dating the object is difficult. The awl measures 5…
Created on: Tuesday 26th June 2018
Last updated: Tuesday 26th June 2018
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