Eaton II Hoard by Bronze Age

This hoard of 145 pieces is the largest Late Bronze Age metalwork assemblage recovered from Norfolk at the time of acquisition.

Details

Medium:
Cast copper alloy
Art Fund grant:
£5,000 ( Total: £15,300)
Acquired in:
2007
Vendor:
Department for Culture, Media and Sport

The hoard contains a wide variety of material including socketed axes, spearheads, gouges, rapier fragments and a possible sword scabbard guard. This may be a 'founder's hoard' with the items gathered to be melted down. Another possibility is that the hoard may represent a ritual deposition within the landscape, perhaps at a sacred spot, as three other late Bronze Age hoards have been found in the vicinity.

Provenance

Discovered while garden landscaping was being undertaken in Eaton, a suburb of Norwich.

Venue details

Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery Castle Hill, NORWICH Norfolk NR1 3JU 01603 493625 www.museums.norfolk.gov.uk

Entry details

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