Record Details

NHER Number:13891
Type of record:Find Spot
Name:Bronze Age axeheads and palstave

Summary

Two Bronze Age socketed copper alloy plain axes were found when a dyke was recut. Later a Bronze Age unlooped palstave with trident decoration was ploughed up near the site. The two socketed axeheads are of similar date so these may be part of a Bronze Age hoard.

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Location

Grid Reference:Not displayed
Map Sheet:TL69NW
Parish:HILGAY, WEST NORFOLK, NORFOLK

Full description

Around 1964 to 1966.
Two socketed bronze plain axes ploughed up not far from each other. Seen KLM 10 July 1978.
See (S2, S3 and S4) in the Illustration Library.
S. Ashley (NAU).

1979.
Further information from S. Ashley (NAU) states not ploughed up but found in recutting dyke.

July 1979. Ploughed up (certain, this time). 'Next to where (above finds) found'.
Unlooped palstave with trident decoration.
Unlikely that all three objects form a hoard as the palstave is probably too early for a contemporary date with socketed axes.
See (S1) and (S5).
A. Lawson (NAU), 5 September 1979.

January 2008.
The two socketed axeheads from this site almost certainly are part of a hoard.
See (S1).
S. Ashley (NLA), 9 January 2008.

Monument Types

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

Associated Finds

  • HOARD (Bronze Age - 2350 BC to 701 BC)
  • PALSTAVE (Bronze Age - 2350 BC to 701 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.
---Secondary File: Secondary File.
---Slide: Various. Slide.
<S1>Article in Serial: Lawson, A. and Ashley, S. 1980. The Hilgay Hoard. Norfolk Archaeology. Vol XXXVII Pt III pp 328-333.
<S2>Illustration: Ashley, S.. Unknown. Drawing of a Bronze Age socketed axe.. Film. 1:1.
<S3>Illustration: Ashley, S.. Unknown. Drawing of a Bronze Age socketed axe.. Film. 1:1.
<S4>Illustration: Unknown. 1978. Drawing of a Bronze Age socketed copper alloy axe.. Card. 1:1.
<S5>Illustration: Ashley, S.. Unknown. Drawing of a Bronze Age unlooped palstave.. Film. 1:1.

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