Record Details

NHER Number:2078
Type of record:Find Spot
Name:Bronze Age socketed axeheads


Two Bronze Age socketed axeheads found in a trench in 1968. Other Bronze Age axes are rumoured to have been found in the area.

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Grid Reference:TF 9634 3823
Map Sheet:TF93NE

Full description

1968. Stray Find.
Two Late Bronze Age copper alloy socketed axes found together in trench for telephone duct.
1. Decorated with five raised ribs on each side: body tending to be hexagonal. Length 111 mm. See drawing (S1).
2. Narrow faceted octagonal type with ribs emphasising the facets. Length 102 mm. See drawing (S2).
These two sold at Christies March 4th 1969, lot 75 for 42 guineas to source [2].
Catalogued by Christies as from WALSINGHAM: for other finds from similar source, see Walsingham (NHER 2022).
Rumoured in 1968 that possibly two others found at same time and place and possibly two more at TF 9730 3892 (Binham Parish): NHER 2079 but attempts to verify this at the time were unsuccessful.
Four axes sold at Sothebys, June 12th, lot 189, possibly represent these finds (see Walsingham).
See published article (S3) for further details.
Information from (S4).
Amended by P. Watkins (HES), 22 February 2018.

Pendleton (S5) cites Sheringham HER 6327 / Baconsthorpe HER 6556, axes found in a cable trench, as a hoard. This is possibly a muddle with Walsingham HER 2022 / Hindringham HER 2078.
A. J. Lawson, 20 February 2012.

Both this site and NHER 2079 are marked as having produced "Bronze Axes" on a map drawn by [3] to indicate the locations of various discoveries made on the Field House estate [4]. This would suggest that Bronze Age objects were indeed found at both locations during the laying of cables in the 1960s.
P. Watkins (HES), 30 August 2016.

Monument Types

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

Associated Finds

  • HOARD (Late Bronze Age - 1000 BC to 701 BC)
  • SOCKETED AXEHEAD (Late Bronze Age - 1000 BC to 701 BC)

Protected Status - none

Sources and further reading

---Record Card: Ordnance Survey Staff. 1933-1979?. Ordnance Survey Record Cards. TF 93 NE 16.
---Record Card: NAU Staff. 1974-1988. Norfolk Archaeological Index Primary Record Card.
---Secondary File: Secondary File.
<S1>Illustration: Clough, T. 1968. Drawing of a Late Bronze Age copper alloy socketed axehead. Paper. 1:1.
<S2>Illustration: Clough, T. 1968. Drawing of a Late Bronze Age copper alloy socketed axehead. Paper. 1:1.
<S3>Article in Serial: Clough, T. H. Mck.. 1969. Recent Discoveries of Late Bronze Age Metalwork in Norfolk. Norfolk Archaeology. Vol XXXIV Pt IV pp 348-351. pp 350-351.
<S4>Record Card: Clarke, R. R. and NCM Staff. 1933-1973. Norwich Castle Museum Record Card - Bronze Age. Hindringham.
<S5>Article in Monograph: Pendleton, C. F.. 1999. Bronze Age Metalwork from Northern East Anglia. A study of its distribution and interpretation. IN British Archaeological Report British Series Volume 279. BAR British Series Volume 279. 204.

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