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Findspot - Bronze Age axehead, Over Whitacre

Summary Findspot - an axehead dating to the Bronze Age period was found 50m north east of St. Leonard's Church, Over Whitacre.
What Is It?  
Type: Findspot
Period: Middle Bronze Age - Iron Age (1600 BC - 601 BC)
Where Is It?  
Parish: Over Whitacre
District: North Warwickshire, Warwickshire
Grid Reference: SP 25 91
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Level of Protection National - Old SMR PrefRef (Grade: )
Sites & Monuments Record

Source Number  

1 Winged bronze axe, without stop ridges, length 15.5 cm. The implement was reported to have come from the churchyard at Over Whitacre. It is not recorded whether they were found in association, but they were presumably found during grave digging.
2 Illustration.
3 Noted.

Source No: 2
Source Type: Drawing
Title: TBAS vol 82
Author/originator: Gunstone A J H
Date: 1965
Page Number: Figure 1
Volume/Sheet: 82
Source No: 1
Source Type: Serial
Title: TBAS vol 82
Author/originator: Gunstone A J H
Date: 1965
Page Number: 92
Volume/Sheet: 82
Source No: 3
Source Type: Serial
Title: TBAS vol 86
Author/originator: Thomas N
Date: 1974
Page Number: 32
Volume/Sheet: 86
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source TBAS Transactions of the Birmingham and Warwickshire Archaeological Society is a journal produced by the society annually. It contains articles about archaeological field work that has taken place in Birmingham and Warwickshire in previous years. Copies of the journal are kept by the Warwickshire Sites and Monuments Record. back
period Bronze Age About 2500 BC to 700 BC

The Bronze Age comes after the Neolithic period and before the Iron Age.

The day to day life of people in the Bronze Age probably changed little from how their ancestors had lived during the Neolithic period. They still lived in farmsteads, growing crops and rearing animals.

During the Bronze Age people discovered how to use bronze, an alloy of tin and copper (hence the name that has given to this era). They used it to make their tools and other objects, although they continued to use flint and a range of organic materials as well. A range of bronze axes, palstaves and spears has been found in Warwickshire.
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period Iron Age About 800 BC to 43 AD

The Iron Age comes after the Bronze Age and before the Roman period. It is a time when people developed the skills and knowledge to work and use iron, hence the name ‘Iron Age’ which is given to this period. Iron is a much tougher and more durable metal than bronze but it also requires more skill to make objects from it. People continued to use bronze during this period.
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monument FINDSPOT * The approximate location at which stray finds of artefacts were found. Index with object name. back
monument GRAVE * A place of burial. Use more specific type where known. back
monument CHURCH * A building used for public Christian worship. Use more specific type where known. back
monument CHURCHYARD * An area of ground belonging to a church, often used as a burial ground. back

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