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Iron adze. Oval eye, with a ridge above it, and a narrow neck which splays out into a convex-edged blade.
- Production date
- 1stC (?)
Length: 166 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- Manning 1985
The top ridge is probably the result of welding together the two pieces of metal used to form the eye. From east end of hillfort.
This differs from registration no. 1960,0405.339 only in the small square butt on the back of the head. This is a feature which occurs on two examples from Glastonbury (Bulleid and Gray 1917, 386, 150 & 151, pl. LX) but apparently not on any of those which are certainly Roman, a fact which suggests that this adze may be of Iron Age date, an attribution which may be supported by the fact that it was not found in the area of the Roman fort. The form of the butt is largely the result of the way in which the eye has been made, and it seems unduly small to have been intended as a hammer-head as was suggested by Bulleid and Gray for the Glastonbury adzes.
Bibliography: Richmond 1968, 137, no. 3, pl. 41.
- Not on display
- Britain, Europe and Prehistory
- Registration number