Record Details

NHER Number:3914
Type of record:Find Spot
Name:Possible Neolithic axehead hoard (Pentney, poorly located)


A Neolithic polished flint axehead was recovered at an unknown location in Pentney around 1849. Two more axeheads were apparently also found at the same time, suggesting this was possibly the site of a prehistoric axehead hoard.

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1849. Stray find.
Neolithic polished stone 'celt' [axehead].
Drawing by Winter in (S1), see poor-quality copy (S2). At the time it was drawn it was in the possession of B. Taylor of Swaffham. It was apparently describedas a "small ancient mallet" that had been ploughed up.
According to (S3) this was actually recovered in 18[5]2, with two others found at same time. Therefore potentially an axehead hoard?
Information from (S4).
Amended by P. Watkins (HES), 3 July 2018.

Study of (S5) verifies the information above.
E. Rose (NAU/NLA). Information from (S5).
Amended by P. Watkins (HES), 3 July 2018.

Could this be the polished stone axehead from Pentney that is now in the Norwich Castle Museum's Fitch Collection (NWHCM : 1894.76.813)? The description in the museum's records would appear to be consistent with (S2).
P. Watkins (HES), 3 July 2018.

Monument Types

  • FINDSPOT (Neolithic - 4000 BC to 2351 BC)

Associated Finds

  • HOARD (Neolithic - 4000 BC to 2351 BC)
  • POLISHED AXEHEAD (Neolithic - 4000 BC to 2351 BC)

Protected Status - none

Sources and further reading

---Secondary File: Secondary File.
<S1>Documentary Source: Various. Additional drawings, engravings, etc. collected by Dawson Turner to illustrate Blomefield's "History of Norfolk"; 1846-1857. Add MS 23053-23062. Vol VII; f.16 (Add MS 23059).
<S2>Illustration: Winter, C.J.W.. Drawing of a Neolithic polished stone axehead ("Celt found at Pentney").
<S3>Article in Serial: Committee Of The Norfolk and Norwich Archaeological Society. 1853. Catalogue of The Antiquities in Norwich Castle Museum.
<S4>Record Card: Clarke, R. R. and NCM Staff. 1933-1973. Norwich Castle Museum Record Card - Neolithic. Pentney.
<S5>Monograph: Woodward, S. 1832. Correspondence. p 107.
<S6>Record Card: NAU Staff. 1974-1988. Norfolk Archaeological Index Primary Record Card.

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