Record Details

NHER Number:1504
Type of record:Find Spot
Name:Snettisham Bronze Age Hoard I


It is recorded that in 1779 a number of objects, thought to be Bronze Age axeheads and socketed axeheads, were recovered from an area in Snettisham. Where these objects are now is unknown, but it is thought that they formed part of a hoard of objects, more of which were recovered later (NHER 1670, NHER 1671, NHER 1672).

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Several celts (axeheads) 'in shape of hatchets' found near village. Three bronze celts (socketed axes) [1]. ?One said to have been given to the British Museum but ? never arrived. 107 mm long - 4
raised ribs on faces, red brown sandy corrosion on sides.

'This is an ancient Roman celt (axehead), whereof three more found in 1779 [1] one of which he presented to the British Museum, another he kept for himself and this the third he gave to my father who set a great antiquarian value on the same' (signed) H. Banks, Whixley (W. R. Yorks) 17th September 1840 addressed to (Sir) Thomas Christopher Banks 1765-1854 15 Edwardes Square, Kensington.
R. R. Clarke (NCM).

(S2) has drawing of socketed axe hoard found 1775 near a plantation, probably the same. Herne Collections (Oxford Historical Society) calls Roman chisels.
R. R. Clarke (NCM).

Monument Types

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

Associated Finds

  • AXEHEAD (Bronze Age - 2350 BC to 701 BC)
  • SOCKETED AXEHEAD (Bronze Age - 2350 BC to 701 BC)
  • HOARD (Late Bronze Age - 1000 BC to 701 BC)

Protected Status - none

Sources and further reading

---Record Card: Ordnance Survey Staff. 1933-1979?. Ordnance Survey Record Cards. TF 63 SE 18.
---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. Snettisham.
<S1>Article in Serial: 1819. [unknown]. Excursions Through Norfolk. Vol II, p 24.
<S2>Serial: Armstrong, M. J.. 1781. The History and Antiquities of the County of Norfolk.. Vol IX, Hundred of Smithdon. pp 93-94.

Related records

1670Related to: Snettisham Bronze Age Hoard II (Find Spot)
1671Related to: Snettisham Bronze Age Hoard III (Find Spot)
1672Related to: Snettisham Bronze Age Hoard IV (Find Spot)

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