Artefacts - Bronze Age

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PALSTAVE
Unique ID:
PUBLIC-0A5278
Published Find published
 Chronology
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
Subperiod from: Late
Period from: BRONZE AGE
Subperiod to: Late
Period to: BRONZE AGE
Date from: Circa 2000 BC
Date to: Circa 1000 BC
 Dimensions and weight
Quantity: 1
Length: 36 mm
Width: 33 mm
Thickness: 11 mm
Weight: 47.21 g
 Spatial data
Region: South East (European Region) 
County or Unitary authority: Kent (County) 
District: Swale (District) 
Parish or ward: Sheldwich (Civil Parish) 
 Description

A worn fragment of cast probable Middle Bronze Age transitional or late looped palstave axe head. The fragment of axe survives in the shape of a rough treapezium, with the wider, blade end being more rounded. In cross section it is rectangular to the narrower end and becomes more pointed oval in cross-section towards the blade edge. Due to have pitting no detail of casting seam or simialr casting imperfections are visible. In profile the cutting edge narrows to a rounded point, it is narrow which suggests that it is probably a transitional palstave, although due to wear it is not possible to be certain. There is a worn break across the body of the axe head, and much of the blade appears to be missing likely due to wear/resharpening. The axe head has a dark green mottled patina with patches of light great particularly around the heavy pitting on its surface. All edges are heavily worn suggesting much of the damage occured in antiquity.

 Materials and construction
Primary material: Copper alloy
Manufacture method: Cast
Completeness: Fragment
 Personal details
Recorded by: Mr David Clarke
Identified by: Mr David Clarke
 Discovery dates
Date(s) of discovery: Sunday 13th August 2017
 Site
Medway History Finders MDC - Arable

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