Record Details

NHER Number:2499
Type of record:Find Spot
Name:Bronze Age palstave from Hilgay Fen


A Bronze Age copper alloy palstave was found in Hilgay Fen before 1884. It may be the same as NHER 17493. The exact nature and location of its discovery are unclear.

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Full description

Pre 1884. Stray Find.
From Hilgay Fen.
1 Bronze Age copper alloy palstave.
See copy of Bronze Age Index record card (S1) for further details and sketch of object.
Information from (S2).
Amended by P. Watkins (HES), 27 February 2018.

There is a note on (S1) stating that it was made when the object was offered to Saffron Walden Museum in 1884, but was refused. It is probably the same axe as NHER 17493 but there are substantial differences in the drawings.
E. Rose (NAU), 19 August 1981.
Information from (S3).
Amended by P. Watkins (HES), 27 February 2018.

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

---Secondary File: Secondary File.
<S1>Archive: British Museum. 1913 onwards. Bronze Age Index.
<S2>Record Card: Clarke, R. R. and NCM Staff. 1933-1973. Norwich Castle Museum Record Card - Bronze Age. Hilgay.
<S3>Record Card: NAU Staff. 1974-1988. Norfolk Archaeological Index Primary Record Card.

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