Record Details

NHER Number:4725
Type of record:Find Spot
Name:Bronze Age metal hoard


A hoard of Bronze Age copper alloy objects, including swords, parts of spearheads and a halberd, was found on the banks of the River Wissey in 1927.

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On banks of Wissey. Merchant's Hoard.
One bronze halberd blade (three rivet holes. E. Rose NAU); two leaf-shaped swords (V- type), seven rivet holes, one with hilt repaired; (defective casting. E. Rose NAU). 58.4cm (23 inches) long; one scabbard-chape or pommel (39mm long); parts of five leaf-shaped spearheads plus fragments. (given as three in (S1)). (S6) quotes halberd found with sword and spearhead as indicating survival of latter (?former. R. R. Clarke.). Bronze Age index. Spearheads in Hoard Class VB 9 inch to 11 inch. R. R. Clarke (NCM).
Analysis of halberd in (S9). R. R. Clarke (NCM).

Details in file.

Monument Types

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

Associated Finds

  • HALBERD (Bronze Age - 2350 BC to 701 BC)
  • HOARD (Bronze Age - 2350 BC to 701 BC)
  • SCABBARD (Bronze Age - 2350 BC to 701 BC)
  • SPEAR (Bronze Age - 2350 BC to 701 BC)
  • SWORD (Bronze Age - 2350 BC to 701 BC)

Protected Status - none

Sources and further reading

---Article in Serial: Brown, M. A. and Blin-Stoyle, A. E. 1959. A Sample Analysis of British Middle and Late Bronze Age Material using Optical Spectrometry. Proceedings of the Prehistoric Society. Vol XXV pp 188-208. pp 201, 202.
---Record Card: NAU Staff. 1974-1988. Norfolk Archaeological Index Primary Record Card.
---Record Card: Clarke, R. R. and NCM Staff. 1933-1973. Norwich Castle Museum Record Card - Bronze Age. Stoke Ferry [3].
---Secondary File: Secondary File.
---Article in Serial: Case, H. 1954. Studies of Irish and British Early Copper Artifacts: Second Series: Reports of the Ancient Mining and Metallurgy Committee of the Royal Anthropological Institute. Vol LIV February pp 18-27. p 19.
<S1>Article in Serial: 1936. [unknown]. Archaeol.. Vol 86, p 197.
<S2>Article in Serial: 1870-3. [unknown]. Proceedings of the Society of Antiquaries of London 2nd series. Vol V, p 425.
<S3>Publication: Evans, J. 1881. The Ancient Bronze Implements, Weapons and Ornaments of Great Britain and Ireland. pp 30, 270, 282; Hoard No 22.
<S4>Publication: Mortlillet. 1881. Musee Prehistorique.
<S5>Monograph: 1901. The Victoria History of Norfolk. The Victoria History of the Counties of England. Vol 1. p 270.
<S6>Publication: 1905. Catalogue of Plowright's Collection, Swaffham.
<S7>Article in Serial: 1923. [unknown]. Arch. Vol 73, p 256.
<S8>Article in Monograph: Sainty, J. E. 1935. Norfolk Prehistory. Report of the Annual Meeting, 1935. Norwich, September 4-11. British Association for the Advancement of Science. Appendix pp 60-71. p 68.
<S9>Article in Serial: [unknown]. Arch. Vol LXI, p 472.

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