Record Details

NHER Number:20897
Type of record:Find Spot
Name:Multi-period metal finds


A Bronze Age socketed gouge and a medieval iron dagger were found in 1984.


  • A socketed Bronze Age gouge from Didlington  © Norfolk Museums & Archaeology Service



Full description

September 1984. 'Near'Didlington Hall on a field near the hall, church and old laundry' (Hall and church are at TL 779 969; several fields could fit description). Circumstances of finding unknown.

Blade of iron kidney dagger, identifiable from curved piece at hilt and one survivor of the prongs which held the 'kidney' part of the handle. Blade lozenge shaped in section. Overall length 33.3cm of blade only 22.5cm. Compare with (S1) plate IX no.3, almost identical.
(S2) KLM.
See (S3).
E. M. James (KLM) 29 October 1984.

Circumstances of discovery were; surface find when moving old bales.
Found at same time; bronze socketed gouge; compare with Eaton Hoard NCM 108.954 (33) in NCM BA Cat no 68. (S2) KLM. See (S4). Other details as above.
E. M. James (KLM) November 1984.

Monument Types

  • FINDSPOT (Bronze Age - 2350 BC to 701 BC)
  • FINDSPOT (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)

Associated Finds

  • GOUGE (Bronze Age - 2350 BC to 701 BC)
  • DAGGER (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)

Protected Status - none

Sources and further reading

---Record Card: NAU Staff. 1974-1988. Norfolk Archaeological Index Primary Record Card.
---Secondary File: Secondary File.
<S1>Publication: 1954. London Museum Medieval Catalogue.
<S2>Slide: Various. Slide.
<S3>Illustration: James, E.M.. 1984. Drawing of a medieval iron dagger.. Paper. Unknown.
<S4>Illustration: Unknown. Drawing of a Bronze Age socketed gouge.. Paper. 1:1.

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