Record Details

NHER Number:25795
Type of record:Find Spot
Name:Bronze Age palstave and rapier


A Bronze Age palstave was found during potato picking in 1990, and metal detecting in 2009 recovered a fragment of a rapier and a part polished axehead.

Images - none


Grid Reference:TG 08 14
Map Sheet:TG01SE

Full description

16 or 17 July 1990. Found when picking potatoes by hand in small hollow, possibly ploughed out clay pit, now ploughed field.
Palstave. Of haft flanged type (Rowlands Class I).
Length 135mm, width of blade 64mm, width of butt 22mm.
Shield pattern at base of blade. Rain decoration on shield and butt on both sides. Badly pitted and with later scratch (from plough?) across blade.
See (S1 and S2).
Seen by E. Rose, R. Rickett and D. Gurney (NAU).
E. Rose (NAU) 18 July 1990.
Amended by E.B. Green (NCM) 5 March 1991

February- March 2009. Metal detecting
Bronze Age rapier, (S3).
See description in file
A. Rogerson (NLA) 24 April 2009

April- May 2009. Metal detecting
Part polished axehead.
See list in file
A. Rogerson, (NLA), 24 June 2009

Monument Types

  • FINDSPOT (Late Neolithic - 3000 BC to 2351 BC)
  • FINDSPOT (Bronze Age - 2350 BC to 701 BC)
  • FINDSPOT (Middle Bronze Age - 1600 BC to 1001 BC)

Associated Finds

  • POLISHED AXEHEAD (Late Neolithic - 3000 BC to 2351 BC)
  • PALSTAVE (Bronze Age - 2350 BC to 701 BC)
  • RAPIER (Middle Bronze Age - 1600 BC to 1001 BC)

Protected Status - none

Sources and further reading

---Publication: British Museum. 2011. Treasure Act Annual Report 2009. p xiv.
---Secondary File: Secondary File.
<S1>Illustration: Rose, E.. 1990. Sketch of a Bronze Age palstave.. Paper. Unknown.
<S2>Illustration: Gurney, D.. 1990. Drawing of a Bronze Age palstave.. Paper. 1:1.
<S3>Illustration: Gibbons, J.. 2009. Drawing of a Middle Bronze Age rapier. Find Illustration. Film. 1:1.

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