Record Details

NHER Number:2664
Type of record:Find Spot
Name:Middle Bronze Age hoard (poorly located)


A hoard of Middle Bronze Age copper alloy objects was found in 1849, comprising two spearheads, a chisel, a flanged axehead and a palstave.

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Full description

1849. Stray Find.
Found "near Swaffham":
Middle Bronze Age hoard comprising side looped spearhead, pegged spearhead, haft-flanged chisel, flanged axehead with decoration and a looped palstave.
The chisel and the flanged axehead are held by the Norwich Castle Museum (NWHCM : 1908.22.3-4), the location of the other objects is unknown.
This group of objects is recorded on a number of early watercolours, including (S1).
Information from record card (S2). See short report by A. Lawson (NAU) in (S3) for full details and discussion.
Amended by P. Watkins (HES), 30 May 2018.

Monument Types

  • FINDSPOT (Middle Bronze Age - 1600 BC to 1001 BC)

Associated Finds

  • CHISEL (Middle Bronze Age - 1600 BC to 1001 BC)
  • FLANGED AXEHEAD (Middle Bronze Age - 1600 BC to 1001 BC)
  • HOARD (Middle Bronze Age - 1600 BC to 1001 BC)
  • PALSTAVE (Middle Bronze Age - 1600 BC to 1001 BC)
  • SPEAR (Middle Bronze Age - 1600 BC to 1001 BC)

Protected Status - none

Sources and further reading

---Publication: Norfolk Museums Service. 1966. Bronze Age Metalwork in Norwich Castle Museum. p 23.
---Record Card: Ordnance Survey Staff. 1933-1979?. Ordnance Survey Record Cards. TF 80 NE 28; TF 80 NW 26.
---Record Card: NAU Staff. 1974-1988. Norfolk Archaeological Index Primary Record Card.
---Article in Serial: Hepworth, P. 1957. Supplementing Blomefield. Norfolk Archaeology. Vol XXXI Pt IV pp 427-434.
---Secondary File: Secondary File.
---Photograph: BYN1-3,6.
<S1>Illustration: [Unknown]. Watercolour drawings of a Bronze Age copper alloy flanged chisel and flanged axeheads found "near Swaffham". Paper. Unknown.
<S2>Record Card: Clarke, R. R. and NCM Staff. 1933-1973. Norwich Castle Museum Record Card - Bronze Age. Swaffham [3].
<S3>Collection: Norfolk Historic Environment Record Staff. 1975-[2000]. HER Record Notes. Norfolk Historic Environment Service.

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