Record Details

NHER Number:500
Type of record:Find Spot
Name:Bronze Age hoard


A Bronze Age hoard containing a mould, socketed axeheads and a spear and fragments of other objects was found in 1817. It was discovered when an oak or ash tree was removed from the grounds of Unthank House.

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Map Sheet:TG20NW

Full description

About 1817. [1].
Found in removing roots of oak/ash? Tree.
A hoard consisting of a bronze mould for socketed axes and six socketed axes and four spearheads - all scrap for melting. Eleven objects in all and five fragments.

December 6 1827.
Shown to Society of Antiquaries by H. Gurney.

Shown to Royal Archaeology Institute at Norwich meeting .

Cast of mould given to NCM. Passed to King's Lynn Museum.

Four socketed axes including two with octagonal transverse section and oval aperture: one with square aperture and vestigial rings T with IIII ribbing. Mould length 14cm (5 1/2 inches). Called Roman by (S1). Ashmolean Museum has facetted socketed axe from this hoard (90mm long).
R.R. Clarke (NCM).

Site should probably be slightly further southwest than shown on NHER map - see note [2].
See (S2).
E. Rose (NLA), 15 September 2000.

One of the spearheads is in the HES handling collection [3].
C. Bradshaw (HES), 20 August 2014.

Monument Types

  • FINDSPOT (Late Bronze Age - 1000 BC to 701 BC)

Associated Finds

  • HOARD (Late Bronze Age - 1000 BC to 701 BC)
  • MOULD (Late Bronze Age - 1000 BC to 701 BC)
  • SOCKETED AXEHEAD (Late Bronze Age - 1000 BC to 701 BC)
  • SPEARHEAD (Late Bronze Age - 1000 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. pp 270, 277.
---Record Card: Ordnance Survey Staff. 1933-1979?. Ordnance Survey Record Cards. TG 20 NW 143.
---Publication: Evans, J. 1881. The Ancient Bronze Implements, Weapons and Ornaments of Great Britain and Ireland. pp 447, 468; Hoard 110.
---Serial: Johnson, G.. MSS Additions to Blomefield.. Vol I. p 75. 23040 f.165-6 (mould and pair of axes and pair of spearheads).
---Article in Monograph: 1851. Catalogue of Antiquities. Exhibited in the Museum 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.
---Publication: Rye, W. 1917. History of the Parish of Eaton in the City of Norwich. p 6.
---Publication: Woodward, S.. 1827. Manuscript. p.95. p 95.
---Record Card: Clarke, R. R. and NCM Staff. 1933-1973. Norwich Castle Museum Record Card - Norwich - Bronze Age.
---Secondary File: Secondary File.
<S1>Publication: Rye, W. 1920. Roman Camps and Remains in Norfolk. p 48.
<S2>Map: Ordnance Survey. 1902-7. Ordnance Survey 25 inch 2nd edition (revised 1902-7).
<S3>Article in Serial: Yates, J. 1849. Use of Bronze Celts in Military Operations. The Archaeological Journal. Vol VI pp 363-392. p 387.

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