Record Details

NHER Number:17488
Type of record:Find Spot
Name:Bronze Age palstave from 'Hilgay Fen'


A Bronze Age copper alloy unlooped palstave with shield decoration was found on 'Hilgay Fen' in 1884. The exact nature and location of this discovery are unclear.

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Full description

1884. 'From Hilgay Fen'.
No evidence of association with looped palstave from same collection.
Unlooped palstave with shield decoration and lateral vertical ridges and damage to one flange.
Formerly part of collection donated to the Metropolitan Borough of Hackey in 1910. Listed as No. 236 in the 1934 catalogue. Believed lost or stolen. The Central Library was bombed (1939 to 1945) and burnt (1950s). The
collection was crated in 1964 to 1965 when some objects were believed to have been stolen. No bronze implements remain in the charge of the Archivist. R.R. Clarke (NCM) had received a pencil sketch of the object (S1), but the date of the artist of this are unknown. The relevance of the attached letter is unknown.
A. Lawson (NAU) 10 August 1981.

Monument Types

  • FINDSPOT (Bronze Age - 2350 BC to 701 BC)

Associated Finds

  • PALSTAVE (Bronze Age - 2350 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.
<S1>Illustration: Finds Illustrations.

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