Record Details

NHER Number:17950
Type of record:Find Spot
Name:Bronze Age axehead and medieval seal matrix

Summary

A Bronze Age copper alloy axehead and a silver 14th century seal matrix bearing the image of a lion, found by metal detecting.

Images - none

Location

Grid Reference:TG 51 13
Map Sheet:TG51SW
Parish:WEST CAISTER, GREAT YARMOUTH, NORFOLK

Full description

September to October 1981. Found with metal detecting
Silver seal matrix with man's head, foliage and curled up lion. Early 14th century.
Legend: LE LIVN CREET CAVNT VOVS LE VEET. (The lion cries when you see it?).
Handle had ridged shaft and quatrefoil loop for suspension. Also washer and shaft, from end of suspension chain, found in soil clogging the loop, see (S1) and (S2).
Identified by S. Margeson (NCM) and J. Cherry 13 November 1981.
S. Margeson (NCM) November 1981.

Late September 1982. Found with metal detecting in ploughsoil, at more or less the same spot as the silver seal.
Fragment of copper alloy axe, consisting of cutting edge and 2cm of blade length. Cutting edge splayed, possibly from palstave, but socketed axe possible.
A. Gregory (NAU) 8 October 1982.

Monument Types

  • FINDSPOT (Bronze Age - 2350 BC to 701 BC)
  • FINDSPOT (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)

Associated Finds

  • PALSTAVE (Bronze Age - 2350 BC to 701 BC)
  • SOCKETED AXEHEAD (Bronze Age - 2350 BC to 701 BC)
  • DIE (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • SEAL (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)

Protected Status - none

Sources and further reading

---Record Card: NAU Staff. 1974-1988. Norfolk Archaeological Index Primary Record Card.
<S1>Article in Serial: Margeson, S. 1985. 14th-century Seal-Dies from Norfolk. Norfolk Archaeology. Vol XXXIX Pt II pp 218-220.
<S2>Photograph: NLA. Finds Photograph.

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