Record Details

NHER Number:4793
Type of record:Find Spot
Name:Bronze Age axe and Mesolithic or later quartzite mace/hammer


A Bronze Age socketed axe with four ribs and cast cross and pellet decoration was found in 1974, and in 1997 half a quartzite pebble mace or hammer was recovered. The perforated quartzite object is not closely datable, these objects having been produced from the Mesolithic to the Bronze Age.

Images - none


Grid Reference:TL 7257 9978
Map Sheet:TL79NW

Full description

19 March 1974. Stray Find.
Found by [1] on surface of field:
1 Bronze Age copper alloy socketed axe. Four ribs and cast cross and pellet decoration, looped and single moulding at sub-rectangular socket. See drawing (S1).
A. Gregory (NAU).

June 1997. Stray Find.
Surface find by [2]:
1 quartzite pebble mace/hammer (half). See drawing (S2).
These objects are not closely datable, simple foms such as this having been found in both Mesolithic and later prehistoric contexts.
D.Gurney (NLA), 9 July 1997. Amended by P. Watkins (HES), 30 April 2013.

Monument Types

  • FINDSPOT (Early Mesolithic to Early Bronze Age - 10000 BC to 1501 BC)
  • FINDSPOT (Bronze Age - 2350 BC to 701 BC)

Associated Finds

  • PEBBLE MACE (Mesolithic - 10000 BC to 4001 BC)
  • SOCKETED AXEHEAD (Bronze Age - 2350 BC to 701 BC)

Protected Status - none

Sources and further reading

---Archive: NAU Staff. 1974-1988. Norfolk Archaeological Index Primary Record Card.
---Archive: Clarke, R. R. and NCM Staff. 1933-1973. Norwich Castle Museum Record Card - Bronze Age. Oxbough.
<S1>Illustration: Gregory, T. 1974. Drawing of a Bronze Age copper alloy socketed axe. Card. 1:1.
<S2>Illustration: Gurney, D. 1974. Sketch of a Mesolithic or later quartzite pebble mace/hammer from Oxborough. Paper. 1:1.

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