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A possible hoard of eleven Bronze Age socketed axes from the river Witham at Lincoln

Type and Period (1)

  • (Late Bronze Age - 1000 BC to 801 BC)

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  • None recorded

Full Description

Eleven bronze celts of various forms, part of a collection discovered in the river Witham near Lincoln. The collection belonged to Mr E. J. Willson. Some specimens from this collection were kindly donated to the [Archaeological] Institute by Mr Willson at the close of the meeting in Lincoln in 1848. The finds date to the late Bronze Age. {1} Eleven celts from the river Witham near Lincoln. {2}{3} Nine socketed axes from Lincolnshire in the collection of the Duke of Northumberland at Anwick Castle, with some other Bronze Age objects. All the objects have the same black patination and it has been suggested that the objects were found together. {4} Willson's collection passed to the Duke of Northumberland {5} and so these 9 socketed axes may be the majority of those shown at Lincoln in 1848.

Sources/Archives (5)

  •  Bibliographic Reference: Archaeological Institute of Great Britain and Ireland. 1848. Proceedings of the Archaeological Institute. p.xxviii.
  •  Index: SMR file cards for Lincoln. LINCOLN. SK97 SE: no letter code.
  •  Index: Ordnance Survey. OS card index for Lincoln. LINCOLN. SK 97 SE: 18.
  •  Article in Serial: P.J. Davey. 1973. 'Bronze Age Metalwork from Lincolnshire' in Archaeologia. vol.104, p.96, Fig.37.354-62.
  •  Leaflet: A.J. White. 1979. Antiquities from the River Witham: Prehistoric and Roman. p.3.


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Mar 21 2021 8:35PM


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