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 axehead. Four ribs and cast cross and pellet decoration, looped and single moulding at sub-rectangular socket. See drawing (S1).
Information from record card (S2). This discovery was reported in (S3).
Amended by P. Watkins (HES), 30 April 2013.

June 1997. Stray Find.
Surface find by [2]:
1 quartzite pebble mace/hammer (half). See drawing (S4).
Objects of this type are not closely datable, 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

---Record Card: NAU Staff. 1974-1988. Norfolk Archaeological Index Primary Record Card.
<S1>Illustration: Gregory, T. 1974. Drawing of a Bronze Age copper alloy socketed axehead. Card. 1:1.
<S2>Record Card: Clarke, R. R. and NCM Staff. 1933-1973. Norwich Castle Museum Record Card - Bronze Age. Oxbough.
<S3>Serial: 1974. Council for British Archaeology Group 7 Bulletin of Archaeological Discoveries for 1974. No 21. p 7.
<S4>Illustration: Gurney, D. 1974. Sketch of a Mesolithic or later quartzite pebble mace/hammer from Oxborough. Paper. 1:1.

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