Record Details

NHER Number:28985
Type of record:Find Spot
Name:Bronze Age sword and palstave

Summary

In 1992 a Late Bronze Age sword was found here. It was identified as a Hallstatt derivative of Cowen's Thames type and dated to the 7th century BC. An unlooped palstave of the Shield pattern type with wood between the flanges was also recovered at the same time. It is possible that river dredgings have been spread over site which may explain the curious encrustations on both these artefacts and the find from NHER 28984.

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Location

Grid Reference:TL 87 83
Map Sheet:TL88SE
Parish:THETFORD, BRECKLAND, NORFOLK

Full description

18 April 1992. Finds dug up in garden.
Late Bronze Age sword, (S2), (buried c.8" deep). Hallstatt derivative of Cowen's Thames type. Piece of lead in rivet hole of rectangular extension of pommel piece. 7th century BC
See (S1) for comparison.
Unlooped palstave of Shield pattern type with wood between flanges (Acton Park phase), (S4).
Could river dredgings have been spread over site?
Curious encrustations on both these artefacts and find from NHER 28984.
Photograph (S3) in file
Finds held by Thetford Museum, formerly by member of the public [1].
W. Milligan (NCM), 22 April 1992.

Radiocarbon date 3220BP +-80 in file.

Monument Types

  • FINDSPOT (Bronze Age - 2350 BC to 701 BC)
  • FINDSPOT (Middle Bronze Age - 1600 BC to 1001 BC)
  • FINDSPOT (Late Bronze Age - 1000 BC to 701 BC)

Associated Finds

  • PALSTAVE (Bronze Age - 2350 BC to 701 BC)
  • SWORD (Bronze Age - 2350 BC to 701 BC)
  • UNIDENTIFIED OBJECT (Bronze Age - 2350 BC to 701 BC)
  • PLANT REMAINS (Middle Bronze Age - 1350 BC to 1190 BC) + Sci.Date
  • HOARD (Late Bronze Age - 1000 BC to 701 BC)

Protected Status - none

Sources and further reading

---Secondary File: Secondary file.
<S1>Article in serial: Cowen, J. D. 1967. The Hallstatt Sword of Bronze: on the Continent and in Britain. Proceedings of the Prehistoric Society. Vol XXXIII pp 377-454. Plate LXII nos. 6, 7, 8.
<S2>Illustration: Unknown. Unknown. Drawing of a Late Bronze Age sword.. Paper. 1:1.
<S3>Photograph: NLA. Finds Photograph.
<S4>Illustration: Robins, P.. 1992. Drawing of a Middle Bronze Age palstave.. Paper. 1:1.
<S5>Illustration: Jones, C.. Unknown. Drawing of a Roman skillet.. Paper. 1:1.
<S6>Illustration: Jones, C.. Unknown. Drawing of a Roman skillet.. Paper. 1:1.
<S7>Illustration: Unknown. Unknown. Drawing of a Late Bronze Age chape.. Paper. 1:1.

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