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    • Broad period: BRONZE AGE

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Record ID: BERK-4008DB
Object type: CHISEL
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Oxfordshire
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A complete cast copper-alloy tanged chisel of Late Bronze Age date. The chisel is in good condition and appears undamaged, with evidence for use wear on the blade tip and edge. The chisel has a tapering square-sectioned tang which abutts the round-sectioned, collared handle stop of the chisel blade. The collar is 13.5 mm diameter. From the collar the chisel blade, which is broadly triangular in plan, flattens in profile and expands to a thin cutting edge with slightly flared shoulders. The cutting edge is 27.5 mm wide. The object is in very good coniditon and has a mid-brown patina ac…
Created on: Friday 16th June 2017
Last updated: Friday 16th June 2017
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Record ID: BERK-AAB536
Object type: SPEAR
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Oxfordshire
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A complete cast copper alloy leaf-shaped basal-looped spearhead dating to the Middle Bronze Age (c. 1400-1150 BC), Ehrenberg Class IIIa. Although complete the blade edges are slightly 'nibbled' where they are very thin but where complete the edges are still sharp. There are mulitple scratches along the blade and socket, possibly a result of finishing after being removed from the mould. The internal diameter of the socket is 17.9mm. This spear head is one of several from the area, and a number are known from across Oxfordshire/Berkshire, many associated with watery contexts. Similar lea…
Created on: Friday 9th June 2017
Last updated: Friday 16th June 2017
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Record ID: BERK-AA6B78
Object type: SPEAR
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Oxfordshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A fragment of the tip of a cast copper alloy socketed spearhead of the stepped type, dating from Late Bronze Age (1150 - 800 BC). Although fragmentary the spearhead tip is in good condition; the break appears to be ancient.
Created on: Friday 9th June 2017
Last updated: Friday 16th June 2017
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Record ID: BERK-AA2EC4
Object type: BRACELET
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Oxfordshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A complete copper alloy bracelet of probable Middle Bronze Age to Middle Iron Age date. The bracelet is formed from a single bar of copper alloy that has been twisted to create a spiralling effect around much of its length. Towards the two terminal ends the wire is not twisted and instead is a short length of rectangular section. The terminals are hooked allowing the bracelet to be joined together. The wire terminates in a point on each terminal hook. Althogh now slightly distorted, it is evident that the closed diameter of the bracelet would have been very small. Spiral torcs are kno…
Created on: Friday 9th June 2017
Last updated: Monday 12th June 2017
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Record ID: NLM-5232B6
Object type: CHISEL
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Lincolnshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Copper alloy chisel, as kindly identified by the finder. Cast narrow rectangular section bar with a thinned and worn working end; probably broken in antiquity at the other end. The working end is very slightly expanded [by c.0.5mm]. The object closely resembles a simple Later Bronze Age chisel from Plymstock, Devon (Evans, J. 1881, Ancient Bronze Implements of Great Britain, Longmans, Green & Co., London, pages 165-166, fig. 190). The use of the tool appears to have caused a very slight flexion or bending of its lower end. Suggested date: Late Bronze Age, 1000-800 BC. Length: 62.4…
Created on: Monday 5th June 2017
Last updated: Monday 5th June 2017
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'near Gainsborough', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: NARC-6D0B5C
Object type: ARROWHEAD
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Northamptonshire
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An incomplete flint Arrowhead of Bronze Age date (2500-1200 BC). The object is a barbed and tanged form and is sub-triangular in plan and bi-convex in section. The object has two small sub-triangular notches removed by pressure flaking, on the proximal edge. The notches create a broad sub-rectangular tang, projecting between them. The right hand barb and distal tip are missing. Both dorsal and ventral surfaces have covering scaled flaking. The left and right hand edges have fine, low angled retouch. The lithic retains no cortex and is therefore a tertiary flake. The flint is light br…
Created on: Thursday 25th May 2017
Last updated: Thursday 25th May 2017
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Record ID: NARC-6CDF1E
Object type: ARROWHEAD
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Northamptonshire
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A complete flint Arrowhead of Bronze Age date (2500-1200 BC). The object is a barbed and tanged form and is sub-triangular in plan and concavo-convex in section. The object has two sub-triangular notches removed by pressure flaking, on the proximal edge. The notches create a sub-rectangular tang, projecting between them. Both dorsal and ventral surfaces have invasive scaled flaking. The left and right hand edges have fine, low angled retouch. Both ventral and distal surfaces are partially covered with cortex. The lithic has some cortex and is therefore a secondary flake. The flint is…
Created on: Thursday 25th May 2017
Last updated: Thursday 25th May 2017
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Record ID: NLM-6A3E1B
Object type: KNIFE
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: North Lincolnshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Grey flint with cortex, possibly collected from the East Coast, probable knife. Thick flake with two broad flakes removed from its ventral side by hard hammer strike. A period sufficient for the struck surfaces to acquire a yellowish iron-stained cast ensued. This light discolouration was removed along one long edge by short abrupt retouch executed from the ventral aspect. The Early Bronze Age could accommodate both primary and secondary episodes. Other damage appears adventitious and recent. Suggested date: Early Bronze Age, 2350-1600 BC. Length: 77mm, Width: 38.7mm, Thickness: 15.2m…
Created on: Thursday 25th May 2017
Last updated: Thursday 25th May 2017
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'North Killingholme', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SUR-5A9F73
Object type: SPEAR
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: West Berkshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A Late Bronze Age pegged spearhead, now much damaged and in two pieces. The central part of the spearhead is missing and the edges are ragged. The spearhead may have lain horizontally while in the ground and appears to have been shattered by the action of a plough. The spear is slender with a long hollow socket. Only a fragment of the socket extremity survives but does not retian evidence for a peg hole. On the larger fragment the socket survives to an extent of 127mm. The diameter of the mouth of the socket can be estimated at c.30mm. The original length of the spearhead may be in th…
Created on: Wednesday 24th May 2017
Last updated: Wednesday 24th May 2017
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Record ID: NLM-56E43E
Object type: FABRICATOR
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: North Lincolnshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Brown flint with cortex spot possible fabricator. A long thick flake with two broad parallel flakes struck from its dorsal side and with a slightly convex ventral surface, overall of lentoid or lightly biconvex section. Short abrupt retouch executed from the dorsal aspect follows part of one long edge; the other bears adventitious impact damage. The ventral surface appears worn. Suggested date: Early Bronze Age, 2350-1600 BC. Length: 87.2mm, Width: 26.4mm, Thickness: 11.5mm, Weight: 36.33gms
Created on: Wednesday 24th May 2017
Last updated: Wednesday 24th May 2017
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'North Killingholme', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: LANCUM-1C4D1C
Object type: FLAT AXEHEAD
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Lancashire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A complete Early Bronze Age cast copper-alloy undecorated developed flat axe (c. 2000-1700 BC): This implement is sub-rectangular in plan with an expanded crescent shaped blade. The butt, in plan, is complete with a rounded terminal. The side view of the axe is a sub pointed oval with both terminals tapering. The long edges on the sides are slightly bevelled, leaving a subtle rectangular central band at the apex and therefore forming a slightly bulging profile. In cross section the body of the axe has a slight H-shape as the side edges of the axe have been raised by hand hammering to…
Created on: Tuesday 9th May 2017
Last updated: Thursday 11th May 2017
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Record ID: LANCUM-1C081A
Object type: SPEAR
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Lincolnshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
An incomplete copper-alloy spearhead of middle Bronze Age date, c. 1500 - 1000 BC. Only the tip of the spear remains which is triangular in plan and lozenge in section with mid-ribs. No socket is present. An insufficient portion of the spear remains to prove diagnostic, therefore a specific type cannot be attributed. The metal has a mid-green patina and is pitted and worn.The length is 43mm, the width is 12mm and the weight 7.96g.
Created on: Tuesday 9th May 2017
Last updated: Thursday 11th May 2017
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Record ID: BERK-B33BF2
Object type: PIN
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Oxfordshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A complete copper alloy ring-or-quoit headed pin of probable Middle Bronze Age date. The pin has an open ring as its head, cast in one piece and slightly flatter in section than the shank at the juntion of both. There is no decoration on the pin head. The shank has a circular cross section and gently tapers to a sharp point; there is a slight bend towards the bottom of the shank. Small undecorated pins, including quoit headed pins, are generally dated to the Taunton phase of the Middle Bronze Age, c.1500-1200 BC. However, the date for these smaller examples, which may be either deco…
Created on: Thursday 4th May 2017
Last updated: Monday 8th May 2017
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Record ID: WREX-9F314E
Object type: CHISEL
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Shropshire
Workflow stage: Published Find published
A complete cast copper-alloy tanged chisel or leather working knife of Late Bronze Age date (c. 1000-800BC). The chisel has a tapering square-sectioned tang, which abutts the round-sectioned, collared handle stop of the chisel blade. The collar is 12.2mm by 5.2mm. From the collar the chisel blade, which is broadly triangular in plan, flattens in profile and expands to a very thin cutting edge. The cutting edge is 35.5mm wide. The object is in very good condition and has a mid-brown patina across much of its surface. Tanged chisels, which date from c. 1150-850 BC, are known from severa…
Created on: Wednesday 3rd May 2017
Last updated: Wednesday 10th May 2017
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Hordley', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: LVPL-9E5945
Object type: FLAT AXEHEAD
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: North Yorkshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A complete cast copper alloy long flanged axehead (developed flat axe) dating from the final phase of the Early to the earliest Middle Bronze Age (c. 2000 - 1700 BC). The axehead is most probably of the axe type Arreton which is dated to Early Bronze Age III, of metalworking stage V, which corresponds to Needham's (1996) Period 3 circa 2000 - 1700 CAL BC. The object has straight sides which are faceted with visible hammering marks, a rounded butt and a flared cutting edge with concave shoulders. The cutting edge is crescentic in plan and measures 1mm thick. The axe has a median bevel…
Created on: Friday 21st April 2017
Last updated: Tuesday 16th May 2017
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Sherburn in Elmet', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: CORN-687982
Object type: WHETSTONE
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Cornwall
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A complete whetstone of medium brown sandstone. The object is a narrow, tapered rectangle, with rounded corners, in plan, and plano-convex in profile and section. The ventral face is almost flat with two very slightly dished areas either side of the mid-point. The tool is thinner at the wide end, becoming thicker towards the narrower end. When viewed from the dorsal side, the left-hand edge is flat and highly polished through continuous use; the right-hand edge is less highly polished, flat in places but convex towards the wider end and has also been used as a whetstone to sharpen meta…
Created on: Tuesday 18th April 2017
Last updated: Thursday 8th June 2017
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Record ID: BERK-5BCE29
Object type: SPEAR
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Oxfordshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A copper alloy leaf-shaped side-looped spearhead from the Taunton Phase of the Middle Bronze Age c. 1400-1250 BC. The blade is flat with channelled grooves on the face where the stem rib meets the blade. The mid-rib is rounded and joins a broad circular sectioned socket, which has an outer inset bevel at the socket mouth. The loops are small and squat and are lozenge shape. Interesting it appears that the loops have been miscast as they are solid rather than hollow. A smaller spearhead but with an almost identical miscasting was found in AD 1871 in Fyfield, only a couple of kilometers …
Created on: Tuesday 18th April 2017
Last updated: Thursday 20th April 2017
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Record ID: NLM-F4AB30
Object type: SCRAPER (TOOL)
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: North Lincolnshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Brown flint scraper. Oval flake with a broad flake struck from its dorsal side and a bulb on the ventral. Invasive angled scalar retouch executed from the dorsal aspect follows the curved edge, retaining the striking platform as a butt. The object is chipped and entirely crazed by intense heat; the finder notes this could have arisen from recent stubble burning as easily as through events in antiquity. Suggested date: Early Bronze Age, 2350-1600 BC. Length: 25.9mm, Width: 23.0mm, Thickness: 5.6mm, Weight: 3.90gms
Created on: Thursday 13th April 2017
Last updated: Thursday 13th April 2017
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Scawby', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: NLM-CEF861
Object type: SCRAPER (TOOL)
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Lincolnshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Grey flint with cortex spot, scraper. Thick flake with broad flakes removed from its dorsal side leaving a slightly convex surface, and with a more markedly bulbar ventral surface. Hard hammer strike executed from the ventral aspect has reduced the width of the flake. Long to invasive scalar retouch executed from the dorsal aspect follows the end and the adjacent sides. Suggested date: Early Bronze Age, 2350-1600 BC. Length: 43.3mm, Width: 26.2mm, Thickness: 9.2mm, Weight: 11.28gms
Created on: Tuesday 11th April 2017
Last updated: Wednesday 12th April 2017
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Binbrook', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: NLM-CEED37
Object type: SCRAPER (TOOL)
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Lincolnshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Grey flint scraper. A tiny thumbnail scraper. The dorsal side has had a flake removed while the ventral surface is flat; very short abrupt retouch executed from the dorsal aspect follows a curved edge. A further small flake was trimmed from the ventral surface. Misty patina, more prominent on the ventral surface, suggests the object was exposed to a calcareous environment after its deposition. Suggested date: Early Bronze Age, 2350-1600 BC. Length: 20.3mm, Width: 19.8mm, Thickness: 5.5mm, Weight: 2.11gms
Created on: Tuesday 11th April 2017
Last updated: Wednesday 12th April 2017
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Swinhope', grid reference and parish protected.


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