Record Details

NHER Number:17472
Type of record:Find Spot
Name:Great Melton Late Bronze Age hoard


Metal detecting in the parish during the early 1980s found a hoard of Late Bronze Age objects. The artefacts include at least fourteen socketed axeheads, a winged axehead, sword fragments, a razor, a spear head and metal working debris. The majority of the finds were found in a line as if they had been disturbed from a single location by ploughing. Prehistoric flint flakes and undated metal working debris have also been found.

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Map Sheet:TG10NW

Full description

North of Melton Beck. Field is called Tutt Hill.

28 December 1980. Fieldwalking.
Plain socketed axe found.

Subsequent searching by eye and later metal detecting.
Produced the following finds principally from an area 4m by 8m. The majority of the finds lay along a central line as if spread by the plough from a single spot. Great Melton hoard.
Six plain socketed axes.
Three facetted socketed axes.
Three sword fragments.
One socketed axe with six vertical ribs.
Two cake fragments.
One sheet fragment.
One socketed axe with four vertical ribs containing one bifid razor.
One socketed axe with vertical wings and pellet.
One socketed axe with lateral grooves.
One socketed axe with seven vertical ribs.
One plain socketed axe containing a ring and split pin.
One fragment axe with three horizontal mouldings.
One pegged leaf shaped spearhead.
Two small amorphous lumps.
Four lead lumps.
Miscellanaeous struck flint flakes.
A. Lawson (NAU), 30 July 1981.

Newspaper report in file (S1).

January 1984. Metal detecting.
Two pieces of bronze waste and undated lead fragments.
Identifed by A. Gregory (NAU) and A. Lawson (NAU), 1984.

26 March 1986.
More bronze waste found.
W. Milligan (NCM), 19 August 1986.

November 2003. Metal detecting.
Undatable metalworking debris and unidentified object.
See list in file.
A. Rogerson (NLA), 26 March 2004.

Monument Types

  • FINDSPOT (Unknown date)
  • FINDSPOT (Prehistoric - 1000000 BC to 42 AD)
  • FINDSPOT (Late Bronze Age - 1000 BC to 701 BC)

Associated Finds

  • METAL WORKING DEBRIS (Unknown date)
  • METAL WORKING DEBRIS (Unknown date)
  • FLAKE (Lower Palaeolithic to Late Iron Age - 500000 BC to 42 AD)
  • HOARD (Late Bronze Age - 1000 BC to 701 BC)
  • METAL WORKING DEBRIS (Late Bronze Age - 1000 BC to 701 BC)
  • METAL WORKING DEBRIS (Late Bronze Age - 1000 BC to 701 BC)
  • RAZOR (Late Bronze Age - 1000 BC to 701 BC)
  • SAW (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)
  • WINGED AXEHEAD (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.
---Slide: Various. Slide.
<S1>Newspaper Article: Eastern Daily Press. 1981. Norfolk teacher's Bronze Age finds. 21 May.

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