Record Details

NHER Number:10557
Type of record:Find Spot
Name:Late Bronze Age hoard found at Gorleston on Sea

Summary

A Late Bronze Age hoard of over thirty objects, including copper alloy socketed axes, spearheads, sword fragments and a jet were found during bulldozing in 1962 and laying a sewer in 1966. The hoard may be a metalworker's collection of material buried for safekeeping. This was found close to another Bronze Age hoard (NHER 10556).

Images - none

Location

Grid Reference:Not displayed
Map Sheet:TG50SW
Parish:GREAT YARMOUTH, GREAT YARMOUTH, NORFOLK

Full description

?1962. Stray Find.
Fould while bulldozing [1]:
Between ten and twenty bronze axes found by driver. Two seen by [2].
Reported by [3].
Information from (S1).

?1966. Stray Find.
Late Bronze Age Hoard II:
6 socketed axes.
Spearheads - two broken.
?2 complete ones.
Information from [4].
Sword - hilt and blade tip fragment.
Jet (casting debris).
These discoveries were noted in (S2).
Information from (S1).
As noted by (S3) the Birmingham Museum holds the majority of these objects (4 socketed axes, 2 sword fragments, 2 spearheads and 1 casting jet; Bir 1966A668.1-9)- see drawings (S4)-(S6) and photograph (S7).
The other socketed axes remained in private hands - see drawings (S8)-(S9).
Amended by P. Watkins (HES), 18 January 2016.

Monument Types

  • FINDSPOT (Bronze Age - 2350 BC to 701 BC)
  • FINDSPOT (Late Bronze Age - 1000 BC to 701 BC)

Associated Finds

  • UNIDENTIFIED OBJECT (Bronze Age - 2350 BC to 701 BC)
  • AXEHEAD (Late Bronze Age - 1000 BC to 701 BC)
  • HOARD (Late Bronze Age - 1000 BC to 701 BC)
  • METAL WORKING DEBRIS (Late Bronze Age - 1000 BC to 701 BC)
  • SOCKETED AXEHEAD (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

---Record Card: NAU Staff. 1974-1988. Norfolk Archaeological Index Primary Record Card.
---Secondary File: Secondary File.
<S1>Record Card: Clarke, R. R. and NCM Staff. 1933-1973. Norwich Castle Museum Record Card - Bronze Age. Yarmouth (Great) [2].
<S2>Newspaper Article: Eastern Evening News. 1966. Mr. Brown bronze axe heads find. 25 July.
<S3>Article in Serial: Watson, P. J. et al. 1999. Antiquities from Norfolk in West Midlands Museums. Norfolk Archaeology. vol XLIII Pt II pp 332-338.
<S4>Illustration: [Unknown]. [Unknown]. Drawings of two Late Bronze Age copper alloy socketed axes from Gorleston (Hoard II). Paper. 1:1.
<S5>Illustration: [Unknown]. [Unknown]. Drawings of a two Late Bronze Age copper alloy socketed axes and a casting jet from Gorleston (Hoard II). Paper. 1:1.
<S6>Illustration: [Unknown]. [Unknown]. Drawings of Late Bronze Age copper alloy spearheads and sword fragments from Gorleston (Hoard II). Paper. 1:1.
<S7>Photograph: Gorleston-on-Sea Hoard II.
<S8>Illustration: Milligan, W. F. 1967. Drawing of a Late Bronze Age copper alloy socketed axehead from Gorleston (Hoard II). Card. 1:1.
<S9>Illustration: Milligan, W. F. 1967. Drawing of a Late Bronze Age copper alloy socketed axehead from Gorleston (Hoard II). Card. 1:1.

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