Record Details

NHER Number:4231
Type of record:Find Spot
Name:Bronze Age hoard


A Bronze Age hoard, comprising a palstave, rapier and sickle, all made of copper alloy, found in the mid 19th century.


  • A Middle Bronze Age hoard found in Downham West.  © Norfolk Museums & Archaeology Service



Full description

1858 to 1859. In the Fens.
A copper alloy socketed sickle found by man who also found a palstave and a short (14.6cm) copper alloy rapier, just under 2.5cm wide. Broad midrib and 2 notches
Sickle 144mm long deeply corroded.
Width of blade 22mm, sickle sharp on both sides.
Open cylindrical socket.
See (S1).
R. R. Clarke (NCM) June 1959

A copper alloy celt, found in Downham Fen, drawn in (S2), may be the same as above.
R. R. Clarke (NCM)

The celt shown in (S2) in not the one described above, see NHER 14342.
See (S3).
E. Rose (NAU)

Monument Types

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

Associated Finds

  • HOARD (Bronze Age - 2350 BC to 701 BC)
  • PALSTAVE (Bronze Age - 2350 BC to 701 BC)
  • RAPIER (Bronze Age - 2350 BC to 701 BC)
  • SICKLE (Bronze Age - 2350 BC to 701 BC)

Protected Status - none

Sources and further reading

---Article in Serial: Fox, C. 1939. The Socketed Bronze Sickles of the British Isles; with special reference to an unpublished specimen from Norwich. Proceedings of the Prehistoric Society. Vol V Pt 2 pp 222-248. p 243.
---Record Card: Ordnance Survey Staff. 1933-1979?. Ordnance Survey Record Cards. TF 50 SE 8.
---Record Card: NAU Staff. 1974-1988. Norfolk Archaeological Index Primary Record Card.
---Record Card: Clarke, R. R. and NCM Staff. 1933-1973. Norwich Castle Museum Record Card - Bronze Age. Downham (West).
---Secondary File: Secondary File.
<S1>Article in Serial: 1960. Antiquity. Antiquity. Vol XXXIV, p 281.
<S2>Publication: Evans, J. 1881. The Ancient Bronze Implements, Weapons and Ornaments of Great Britain and Ireland. p 19.
<S3>Article in Serial: Brown, M. A. and Blin-Stoyle, A. E. 1959. A Sample Analysis of British Middle and Late Bronze Age Material using Optical Spectrometry. Proceedings of the Prehistoric Society. Vol XXV pp 188-208. p 204.

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