Monument record WTH 012 - Bronze hoard discovered while metal detecting and subsequently excavated December 1993.

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Summary

Bronze hoard discovered while metal detecting and subsequently excavated December 1993.

Location

Grid reference Centred TL 6615 4683 (50m by 50m)
Map sheet TL64NE
Civil Parish WITHERSFIELD, ST EDMUNDSBURY, SUFFOLK

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Type and Period (3)

Full Description

December 1993: bronze hoard discovered while metal detecting by (see 'Not to be published on web' tab for finder/s and/or findspot/s) and subsequently excavated by (see 'Not to be published on web' tab for finder/s and/or findspot/s) and Brian Charge. Although no definite edge to a pit or hole were identified, the hoard was packed into a cylindrical mass 25cm in diameter and 31cm deep, at a depth of 30cm below the present ground surface (S1).
The hoard consists of six socketed axes (plain except for collar mouldings but one has a central vertical rib on both faces), 1 socketed gouge, 5 socketed axe fragments and 65 fragments of bronze/copper cake or ingots. Total weight of hoard is 22.94kg (S2).
Note flint gritted pottery previously found at this approximate location - see WTH 011.
Details of finds and excavation, plus illustrations, in (S3).
September 1998: Evaluation trenching across field (see WTH 011) around area of hoard findspot located various features including gulleys/ditches, pits & post holes, including a concentration of 6-8 pits around the hoard findspot. Finds from these including LBA/EIA pottery & flints. Also a further piece of ingot (unstratified). Details in (S4).
2000: open area excavation revealed part of enclosure surrounding (or probably just to N of) hoard findspot - see WTH 011.

Sources/Archives (7)

  • <S1> (No record type): Charge B B, `Report on late Bronze Age Hoard from Withersfield', 1993 (illustrated typescript).
  • <M1> Unpublished document: Suffolk Archaeological Service. Parish file. Parish file: copy of (S1) and (S2) with drawings.
  • <S2> (No record type): Martin, E.A.. Martin E, finds report 1994.
  • <M2> (No record type): Photographs:.
  • <M3> (No record type): Library: (S3).
  • <S3> (No record type): Charge BB,' A LBA founders hoard from Withersfield...' HDAG Journal, 6 (2), 1996, 115-122, ill.
  • <S4> Unpublished document: Suffolk County Council Archaeological Service evaluation report. SAU, Summers M, evaluation report, 98/70, October 1998, ill.

Finds (5)

Protected Status/Designation

  • None recorded

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Record last edited

Aug 20 2010 10:40AM

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