Record Details

NHER Number:1672
Type of record:Find Spot
Name:Snettisham Bronze Age Hoard IV

Summary

Between 1962 and 1986 a large number of Late Bronze Age metal objects were recovered in the parish of Snettisham. These included whole pieces and fragments of over twenty individual pieces including axeheads and a very interesting 'continental antenna-hilted sword'. It is thought that the presence of ingot and metal cake fragments, in both copper alloy and lead, indicates that this is the hoard of a metal-worker. It is thought that this hoard may be related to earlier finds in 1779 (NHER 1504), the 1930s (NHER 1670) and 1948 (NHER 1671).

Images - none

Location

Grid Reference:Not displayed
Map Sheet:TF73SW
Parish:SNETTISHAM, WEST NORFOLK, NORFOLK

Full description

July 1962. [1]
Part of Late Bronze Age founders hoard.
1. Socketed axe, cutting edge, (S1).
2. Another (small), (S2).
3. Part of hilt of European antenna-hilted sword, (S3).
4. Ingot fragment, (S2). In KLM [2].
E. B. Green (NCM).

Before 1965
5. Another socketed axe (mouth fragment), (S1). [3]

Before 1971 surface finds, variously over several years.
6-15. Ten fragments of socketed axes, including mouth of octagonal faceted axe with fragment of another jammed in it, (S4, S5, S6, S7 and S8).
16-18. Three ingot fragments, (S9), some of these in KLM.
E. B. Green (NCM).

11 March 1976; search with a metal-detector produced thirteen pieces from the topsoil. No evidence of any further material remaining in situ.
Finds in KLM [4].
Cake ingot fragments.(22, 24, 26, 27, 29, 30, 34), see (S10).
Axe fragments. (23, 28), see (S11).
Complete axe (25), see (S11).
Casting jet (32), see (S11).
Sword blade fragments (31, 33), see (S11).
A. J. Lawson (NAU).

April 1986.
Small socketed chisel, fragments of socketed axes, and cake from site.

September 1986.
Sword handle and blade, awl, bronze cake and lead ingot.
Full details and drawings in file.
J. J. Wymer (NAU), 25 November 1986.

Monument Types

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

Associated Finds

  • AWL (Late Bronze Age - 1000 BC to 701 BC)
  • CHISEL (Late Bronze Age - 1000 BC to 701 BC)
  • HOARD (Late Bronze Age - 1000 BC to 701 BC)
  • INGOT (Late Bronze Age - 1000 BC to 701 BC)
  • INGOT (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)
  • SWORD (Late Bronze Age - 1000 BC to 701 BC)
  • SWORD (Late Bronze Age - 1000 BC to 701 BC)

Protected Status - none

Sources and further reading

---Photograph: HY8,RE30-3,CZR 1-27.
---Archive: Clarke, R. R. and NCM Staff. 1933-1973. Norwich Castle Museum Record Card - Bronze Age. Snettisham [2].
---Secondary File: Secondary file.
---Slide: Various. Slide.
<S1>Illustration: Clough, T.. 1971. Drawing of a Late Bronze Age socketed axe blade fragment and a Late Bronze Age socketed axe socked fragment.. Card. 1:1.
<S2>Illustration: Clough, T.. 1971. Drawings of Late Bronze Age socketed axe blade fragment and an ingot.. Card. 1:1.
<S3>Illustration: Clough, T.. 1971. Drawing of a Bronze Age antenna-hilted sword.. Card. 1:1.
<S4>Illustration: Lawson, A. Unknown. Drawing of 2 Late Bronze Age socketed axe cutting edge fragments and a gouge fragment.. Paper. Unknown.
<S5>Illustration: Lawson, A. Unknown. Drawing of a Late Bronze Age sword blade fragment and a Late Bronze Age cake fragment.. Paper. Unknown.
<S6>Illustration: Clough, T.. 1971. Drawing of three Late Bronze Age socketed axe cutting edge fragments.. Card. 1:1.
<S7>Illustration: Clough, T.. 1971. Drawing of four Late Bronze Age socketed axe cutting edge fragments.. Card. 1:1.
<S8>Illustration: Clough, T.. 1971. Drawing of three Late Bronze Age socketed axehead fragments.. Card. 1:1.
<S9>Illustration: Clough, T.. 1971. Drawing of three Late Bronze Age ingot fragments.. Card. 1:1.
<S10>Illustration: Lawson, A. Unknown. Drawing of Late Bronze Age cake fragments found in the Snettisham IV hoard.. Paper. Unknown.
<S11>Illustration: Lawson, A. Unknown. Drawing of two Late Bronze Age socketed axe fragments, a complete socketed axe, casting jet and two sword blade fragments.. Paper. Unknown.
<S11>Illustration: Unknown. Unknown. Drawing of a Late Bronze Age socketed chisel, two socketed axehead fragments and 2 socketed axehead blade fragments.. Paper. Unknown.
<S11>Illustration: Unknown. Unknown. Drawing of a Late Bronze Age sword handle and blade fragments, awl, cake and an ingot.. Paper. Unknown.

Related records

1504Related to: Snettisham Bronze Age Hoard I (Find Spot)
1670Related to: Snettisham Bronze Age Hoard II (Find Spot)
1671Related to: Snettisham Bronze Age Hoard III (Find Spot)

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