Record Details

NHER Number:2615
Type of record:Find Spot
Name:A hoard of nineteen Bronze Age spearheads


A hoard of nineteen Bronze Age spearheads was recovered in this area in 1814. The exact location of this discovery is disputed.

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Full description

'In Mrs Warnes turf-fen near the turnpike road'. Hoard of 19 'class V' bronze spearheads found 1.5m deep. Each around 63mm long, diameter approximately 4mm. NCM.

See drawing (S1) in the Illustration Library.

One spearhead of 60mm is listed in (S2) of 1909, where donor is wrongly listed. [1]. R. R. Clarke (NCM) adds 'also Fitch Collection NCM no locality', but E. B. Green (NCM) says 'no evidence'. Drawing by Woodward (S3).
R. R. Clarke (NCM).

(S4) on p.3 refers to 'arrowhead from Oxborough', corrected to 'spearhead' on p.12, is this a mention of these spearheads?
E. Rose (NAU).

No enclosure map for Oxborough. The tithe map of 1840 names no Mrs. Warnes but the locality described must be somewhere near White Bridge which is across the river from Boughton Fen. Any connection with these two hoards?
E. Rose (NAU).

Monument Types

  • FINDSPOT (Bronze Age - 2350 BC to 701 BC)

Associated Finds

  • ARROWHEAD (Bronze Age - 2350 BC to 701 BC)
  • HOARD (Bronze Age - 2350 BC to 701 BC)
  • SPEAR (Bronze Age - 2350 BC to 701 BC)

Protected Status - none

Sources and further reading

---Monograph: 1901. The Victoria History of Norfolk. The Victoria History of the Counties of England. Vol 1. p 277.
---Article in monograph: 1851. Catalogue of Antiquities. Exhibited in the Musuem formed during the Annual Meeting of the Archaeological Institute, held at Norwich, in 1847. Memoirs Illustrative of the History and Antiquities of Norfolk and the City. Archaeological Institute. pp xxiii-lvi. p xxvi.
---Archive: Clarke, R. R. and NCM Staff. 1933-1973. Norwich Castle Museum Record Card - Bronze Age. Oxbough.
---Secondary File: Secondary file.
<S1>Illustration: Unknown. Unknown. Drawing of a Bronze Age spearhead.. Paper. 1:1.
<S2>Publication: Rye, W. 1909. Catalogue of Antiquities Found Principally in East Anglia. p 19.
<S3>Serial: Dawson-Turner. 1815. Dawson-Turner's Additions to Blomefield's History..
<S4>Publication: Muskett. 1832. Woodward Correspondence. p.74.

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