Record Details

NHER Number:17474
Type of record:Find Spot
Name:Bunwell Bronze Age hoard


Metal detecting has recovered a Bronze Age metalworker's hoard from this location. The hoard includes fragments of a socketed axe, a hammer, a knife, a gouge, an annular collar, a barbed spearhead and several unidentified objects. A small possibly Roman brooch has also been recovered from here and a Roman coin may also come from this site.


  • A Bronze Age ferrule from a hoard of objects found in Bunwell.  © Norfolk Museums & Archaeology Service. NWHCM 1984.1.7:A


Grid Reference:Not displayed
Map Sheet:TM19SW

Full description

25 April 1981 and subsequently. Metal detecting within a radius of 7m [1].
Bunwell hoard consisting of the following.
One facetted socketed axe.
One fragment socketed axe (with scrap fragment within).
One socketed hammer.
One socketed palette knife.
One socketed gouge (in two pieces).
Annular collar (with open hemispherical section, rebated inner edge and two loops beneath).
One socketed barbed spearhead.

Other fragments include the following.
Flat copper alloy fragment.
Small hollow cone.
Small iron plate with fine bronze wire around. Possibly modern but heavily corroded.
See (S1) and (S2).
Site visited by A. Lawson (NAU), 8 May 1981
A. Lawson (NAU), 30 July 1981.

1985. On hoard site. Metal detecting. Source [2].
Copper alloy socketed axe frag, joining NCM broken axe 1.984.2a and 2b therefore should be 2c.
Copper alloy object perhaps Roman, not a brooch, hollow conical piece, superficially like certain Bronze Age objects but not a good parallel.
See (S3).
E. Green (NCM) and W. Milligan (NCM), 19 June 1985.

Pre 1985.
(S4) mentions spread of Roman coarseware over 'much of' this field but no plan given of extent (area BN6) of scatter.
Not apparently retained.
E. Rose (NAU), 3 July 1986.

Also a bronze coin of Severus Alexander given to NCM this site no. but not in thesis and no other information.
E. Rose (NAU), 4 July 1986.

Monument Types

  • FINDSPOT (Late Bronze Age - 1000 BC to 701 BC)
  • FINDSPOT (Roman - 43 AD to 409 AD)

Associated Finds

  • PLATE (Undated)
  • COLLAR (Late Bronze Age - 1000 BC to 701 BC)
  • GOUGE (Late Bronze Age - 1000 BC to 701 BC)
  • HAMMER (Late Bronze Age - 1000 BC to 701 BC)
  • HOARD (Late Bronze Age - 1000 BC to 701 BC)
  • KNIFE (Late Bronze Age - 1000 BC to 701 BC)
  • METAL WORKING DEBRIS (Late Bronze Age - 1000 BC to 701 BC)
  • SOCKETED AXEHEAD (Late Bronze Age - 1000 BC to 701 BC)
  • SPEAR (Late Bronze Age - 1000 BC to 701 BC)
  • COIN (Roman - 43 AD to 409 AD)
  • POT (Roman - 43 AD to 409 AD)
  • UNIDENTIFIED OBJECT (Roman - 43 AD to 409 AD)

Protected Status - none

Sources and further reading

---Record Card: NAU Staff. 1974-1988. Norfolk Archaeological Index Primary Record Card.
---Secondary File: Secondary File.
---Slide: Various. Slide.
<S1>Newspaper Article: Eastern Evening News. 1981. A treasure tec's work pays off. 6 May.
<S2>Illustration: Finds Illustrations.
<S3>Photograph: NLA. Finds Photograph.
<S4>Unpublished Document: Day, P. G. 1985. The Archaeology of Bunwell.

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