Record Details

NHER Number:9550
Type of record:Find Spot
Name:Bronze Age hoard


In 1884-85 a large hoard of Bronze Age objects was found at Eaton during excavations for new buildings. Finds included riveted spearheads, socketed axes, chisels, daggers, fragments of sword blades, rings and jets.

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June 1884/5. 'One mile south-southwest of Norwich', 1.8m (6ft) down in excavating for new buildings at Eaton.
Large hoard of Late Bronze Age tools and weapons sixty-nine objects or fragments:
Ten riveted spearheads, one palstave, twenty-one socketed axes, one socketed gouge, two socketed chisels, two tanged chisels, one socketed sickle. Tip of blade of sickle. Triangular knife, one tanged dagger, two socketed daggers, seven fragments of sword blade (three swords), two chapes, two hollow-cast rings: one solid cast ring; flesh hook; buckle, ring with flange, six jets, polishing block of sandstone.
Bronze Age index, see (S1).
See (S2).
R. R. Clarke (NCM).

Originally recorded in the parish of Eaton, now part of Norwich.

Monument Types

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

Associated Finds

  • SOCKETED AXEHEAD (Bronze Age - 2350 BC to 701 BC)
  • PALSTAVE (Middle Bronze Age - 1600 BC to 1001 BC)
  • BUCKLE (Late Bronze Age - 1000 BC to 701 BC)
  • CHISEL (Late Bronze Age - 1000 BC to 701 BC)
  • DAGGER (Late Bronze Age - 1000 BC to 701 BC)
  • FLESH HOOK (Late Bronze Age - 1000 BC to 701 BC)
  • GOUGE (Late Bronze Age - 1000 BC to 701 BC)
  • HOARD (Late Bronze Age - 1000 BC to 701 BC)
  • KNIFE (Late Bronze Age - 1000 BC to 701 BC)
  • METAL WORKING DEBRIS (Late Bronze Age - 1000 BC to 701 BC)
  • RING (Late Bronze Age - 1000 BC to 701 BC)
  • SCABBARD (Late Bronze Age - 1000 BC to 701 BC)
  • SICKLE (Late Bronze Age - 1000 BC to 701 BC)
  • SPEAR (Late Bronze Age - 1000 BC to 701 BC)
  • SWORD (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, 276.
---Article in Serial: Clarke, W. G. 1907. The Distribution of Flint and Bronze Implements in Norfolk. Transactions of the Norfolk and Norwich Naturalists' Society. Vol VIII Pt III (for 1906-1907) pp 393-409. p 408.
---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.
---Article in Serial: Boyed-Dawkins. 1885. [unknown]. Proc. Soc. Antiq. London. Series 2, Vol XI, pp 42-52.
---Record Card: Ordnance Survey Staff. 1933-1979?. Ordnance Survey Record Cards. TG 20 NW 179.
---Record Card: NAU Staff. 1974-1988. Norfolk Archaeological Index Primary Record Card.
---Publication: Hannah, I. C. 1914. The Heart of East Anglia : the story of Norwich from earliest to latest times. p 8.
---Publication: Rye, W. 1917. History of the Parish of Eaton in the City of Norwich.
---Record Card: Clarke, R. R. and NCM Staff. 1933-1973. Norwich Castle Museum Record Card - Bronze Age. Eaton.
<S1>Archive: British Museum. 1913 onwards. Bronze Age Index.
<S2>Serial: 1885. The East Anglian or Notes and Queries. New Series. pp 57-58.

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