|Type of record:||Find Spot|
|Name:||Unprovenanced Neolithic and ?Late Neolithic/Early Bronze Age finds (Great Dunham, poorly located)|
Finds known to have been recovered in Great Dunham during the late 19th century or early 20th century, but with little additional information regarding provenance. These finds include a Neolithic polished axehead, several Neolithic "stone celts" and a probable Late Neolithic/Early Bronze Age barbed and tanged arrowhead.
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Finds known to have been recovered in Great Dunham during the late 19th century or early 20th century, but with little additional information regarding provenance.
July 1828. Stray Find.
From J. Claxton's farm, July 1828.
1 polished axe of yellow flint, surface decomposed and white.
This object appears in (S1) and is referred to in (S2). It was in the possession of S. Woodward in 1831.
Information from (S3).
Previously recorded as NHER 4168.
There has been a degree of confusion regarding the present whereabouts of this object. According to both the museum's records and (S3) it was donated to the Norwich Castle Museum by G. Johnson in 1829 (NWHCM : 1829.136.3). However this is almost certainly not the case given that, as noted above, the Claxton's Farm axe was recorded as in private hands two years after this Johnson's axe was accessioned. The object held by the NCM (now recorded under NHER 4172) has also been identified as a Mesolithic tranchet axe. It is likely that these notes were added to (S3) in error, or were never intended to relate to this particular object.
Pre 1847. Stray Find.
In 1851 two prehistoric objects from "Dunham" were exhibited by G. Carthew at the annual meeting of the Archaeological Institute of Great Britain and Ireland in Bristol. These were described as "…a stone celt, found in Dunham, Norfolk, and a barbed javelin-head of white flint, form the same place, length 3in" (S4). Information from (S3). As noted by (S3) it is probably that these are the same objects as the "…stone celts, and a flint arrow-head" listed in (S5) as having been found in the parish of Great Dunham.
According to (S3) there is a reference in (S6) to "stone celts" having been found in Great Dunham. It is stated in (S7) that these were "found in village pre 1842".
The stone axehead exhibited in 1851 was previously recorded as NHER 4170. The other reference to "stone celts" in the village were recorded under NHER 4169.
Amended by P. Watkins (HES), 12 August 2014.
- FINDSPOT (Neolithic - 4000 BC to 2351 BC)
- FINDSPOT (Late Neolithic to Early Bronze Age - 3000 BC? to 1501 BC?)
- AXEHEAD (Neolithic - 4000 BC to 2351 BC)
- POLISHED AXEHEAD (Neolithic - 4000 BC to 2351 BC)
- BARBED AND TANGED ARROWHEAD? (Late Neolithic to Early Bronze Age - 3000 BC? to 1501 BC?)
Protected Status - none
Sources and further reading
|---||Publication: 1842. Collectanta Norfolciensis. NRO. |
|---||Record Card: NAU Staff. 1974-1988. Norfolk Archaeological Index Primary Record Card. NHERs 4167-4170. |
|<S1>||Documentary Source: Various. Drawings, engravings and etchings, including numerous portraits, maps, etc, collected by Dawson Turner to illustrate Blomefield's "History of Norfolk" 1810-1847. Add MS 23024-23052. Vol VIII; f.78 (Add MS 23031). |
|<S2>||Publication: 1870. Woodward Correspondance. f.80. |
|<S3>||Record Card: Clarke, R. R. and NCM Staff. 1933-1973. Norwich Castle Museum Record Card - Neolithic. Dunham (Great). |
|<S4>||Article in Monograph: 1853. Catalogue of Antiquities Exhibited in the Temporary Museum formed during the Annual Meeting of the Archaeological Institute, held in Bristol, July 1851. Memoirs Illustrative of the History and Antiquities of Bristol and the Western Counties of Great Britain. Archaeological Institute. pp lviii-xcv. p lix. |
|<S5>||Article in Serial: Bulwer, J. 1847. Extracts from the Register-Book of Great Dunham. Norfolk Archaeology. Vol I pp 357-363. p 360. |
|<S6>||Archive: Goddard Johnson. Manuscript. Vol II f.100. Vol II f.100. |
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