Record Details

NHER Number:2334
Type of record:Find Spot
Name:Bronze Age dagger found near Fox Covert


A Bronze Age dagger or knife, made of copper alloy, found in 1951.

Images - none


Grid Reference:TF 7606 2240
Map Sheet:TF72SE

Full description

1951. Stray Find.
Found north-north-west of Fox Covert.
1 Bronze Age copper alloy knife-dagger, with 2 rivets, tang, no midrib, length 7 1/4" [18.4cm], hilt line surviving. See sketches (S1) and (S2).
This discovery was reported newpaper article (S3), which gives the location as "near Massingham Heath". It is also noted in (S4), where the provenance is listed simply as "Gayton".
Information from (S5) and (S6).
Amended by P. Watkins (HES), 27 February 2018.

Sheffield Museum confirms a dagger in their collection "Found between Massingham and Gagton (sic)" is the same as above. It was deposited on loan by the finder.
Compiled by E. Rose (NAU) 22 February 1982.
Information from (S6).
Amended by P. Watkins (HES), 27 February 2018.

Monument Types

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

Associated Finds

  • DAGGER (Bronze Age - 2350 BC to 701 BC)
  • KNIFE (Bronze Age - 2350 BC to 701 BC)

Protected Status - none

Sources and further reading

---Photograph: NLA. Finds Photograph.
---Record Card: Ordnance Survey Staff. 1933-1979?. Ordnance Survey Record Cards. TF 72 SE 2.
---Correspondence: Lawson, A.. 1981. Letter. 24 November.
---Correspondence: Beswick, P.. 1982. Letter. 18 February.
---Secondary File: Secondary File.
<S1>Illustration: [Unknown]. 1951. Drawing of a Bronze Age copper alloy dagger/knife. Paper. 1:1.
<S2>Illustration: [Unknown]. 1951. Outline sketch of a Bronze Age copper alloy dagger/knife. Paper. 1:1.
<S3>Newspaper Article: Lynn News. 1951. [unknown]. 24 April.
<S4>Publication: Norwich Castle Museum. 1951. Catalogue Festival Exhibition Archaeological Discoverys. No 23. p 9.
<S5>Record Card: Clarke, R. R. and NCM Staff. 1933-1973. Norwich Castle Museum Record Card - Bronze Age. Grimston.
<S6>Record Card: NAU Staff. 1974-1988. Norfolk Archaeological Index Primary Record Card.

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