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CHER Number:06438
Type of record:Find Spot
Name:Bronze Age palstave and spear, Burwell

Summary - not yet available

Grid Reference:TL 570 669
Parish:Burwell, East Cambridgeshire, Cambridgeshire

Monument Type(s):

  • FINDSPOT (Early Bronze Age to Middle Bronze Age - 2500 BC to 1001 BC)

Associated Finds:

  • HOARD (1) (Early Bronze Age to Middle Bronze Age - 2500 BC to 1001 BC)
  • PALSTAVE (1) (Early Bronze Age to Middle Bronze Age - 2500 BC to 1001 BC)
  • SPEARHEAD (1) (Early Bronze Age to Middle Bronze Age - 2500 BC to 1001 BC)

Full description

1. Palstave and bronze spear found by Clarke of Burwell.
The bronze spearhead has a blade similar to that of a dagger. It has a narrow tang attached to the base, which has a hole at the end.
2. BA palstave and spear found in Burwell Fen.
3. Possible Late Early Bronze Age hoard, consisting of 2 items, an Arreton type spearhead and flanged axe.

Sources and further reading

<1>Article in serial: Greenwell, W. and Parker Brewis, W.. 1909. The origin, evolution and classification of the bronze spear-head in Great Britain and Ireland. Archaeologia 61 part 2: 439-72.
<2>Serial: Council for British Archaeology. 1962. CBA Group 7 Bulletin 9. 1.
<3>Monograph: Pendleton, C.. 1999. Bronze Age Metalwork in Northern East Anglia. A study of its distribution and interpretation. p. 201. British Archaeological Report British Series 279