Record Details

NHER Number:17404
Type of record:Find Spot
Name:Bronze Age socketed axehead (poorly located)


A Bronze Age socketed axehead on display in Wisbech Museum in 1981 is thought to have been recovered in the parish of Swaffham. The exact date and nature of its discovery are unclear.

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Full description

Plain socketed axe with double mouth moulding in good condition with dark green patina.
On display in Wisbech Museum 1 May 1981.
The museum has no records relating to this axe, yet it has Swaffham written on it in black ink.
Its dimensions are the same as another from Walsoken (NHER 2382). Said to be in the Museum's collections, but which could not be found. Confusion?
Compiled by A. Lawson (NAU), 26 June 1981.

No - drawings from British Museum card index show this is definitely not the same as the Walsoken axe.
However there are several Bronze Age axes recorded from Swaffham Fen, Cambridgeshire. Could this really be from there?
Compiled by A. Lawson (NAU), 19 August 1981.

No again - the axe is also marked inside the socket 'Swaffham Norfolk WH'.
Compiled by E. Rose (NAU), 12 October 1981.

Monument Types

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

Associated Finds

  • SOCKETED AXEHEAD (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.

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