Record Details

NHER Number:19509
Type of record:Find Spot
Name:Mesolithic flint tranchet axehead and medieval metal objects


A Mesolithic flint tranchet axehead was found here in 1983. Subsequent metal-detecting recovered two medieval coins, a medieval key and a medieval copper alloy seal matrix.

Images - none


Grid Reference:TM 13 91
Map Sheet:TM19SW

Full description

1983 or before. Stray Find.
1 Mesolithic flint tranchet axe with three-sided borer flaked on butt end. Slightly stained over white patina. Made of grey flint. Fresh condition with no lustre. See drawing (S1).
Compiled by J. Wymer (NCM), 19 September 1983.
Information from (S2). This discovery was reported in (S3).

This object was subsequently donated to the Norwich Castle Museum (NWHCM : 1983.327), although there has clearly been some confusion as it is listed in their records as being from Old Buckenham (NHER 19763). The Norfolk Archaeological Index record card for this Old Buckenham site describes the object found there as an "odd buff coloured flint axe with tapering butt of Danish form". The grid reference marked on the object itself (TM 1315 9174) and its accompanying label do however both suggest that it was indeed from Bunwell. The explanation for this confusion is unclear, although it seems likely that the descriptions in both records refer to the same object.
P. Watkins (HES), 22 October 2014.

January 1992. Metal-detecting.
2 medieval coins, 1 key and 1 copper alloy seal matrix.
See file for details.
D. Gurney (NLA), 22 January 1992. Amended by P. Watkins (HES), 14 January 2014.

Monument Types

  • FINDSPOT (Mesolithic - 10000 BC to 4001 BC)
  • FINDSPOT (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)

Associated Finds

  • TRANCHET AXEHEAD (Mesolithic - 10000 BC to 4001 BC)
  • COIN (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • KEY (LOCKING) (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • SEAL MATRIX (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)

Protected Status - none

Sources and further reading

---Secondary File: Secondary File.
<S1>Illustration: Wymer, J. J. 1983. Drawing of a Mesolithic tranchet axehead from Bunwell. Card. 1:1.
<S2>Article in Serial: 1984. Archaeological Discoveries for 1983. CBA Group VI Bulletin. No 29 pp 17-33. p 25.
<S3>Record Card: NAU Staff. 1974-1988. Norfolk Archaeological Index Primary Record Card.

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