The Isleham Hoard

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The Isleham Hoard is a hoard of more than 6500 pieces of worked and un-worked bronze found in 1959 at Isleham in the English county of Cambridgeshire and dating from the Bronze Age.

The hoard is the largest Bronze Age hoard ever discovered in England and is one of the finest. It consists in particular of swords, spear-heads, arrows, axes, palstaves, knives, daggers, armour, decorative equipment (in particular for horses) and many fragments of sheet bronze[1] , all dating from the Wilburton-Wallington Phase of the late Bronze Age (about 1000 bc). The swords show holes where rivets or studs held the wooden hilts in place (studs were usually made of bronze except for commanders who had silver-studded swords or for a commander-in-chief who had a gold-studded sword). The greater part of these objects have been entrusted to the Moyse's Hall Museum in Bury St Edmunds, while other items are within the University of Cambridge Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology in Cambridge.

References

  1. Hall, David [1994]. Fenland survey : an essay in landscape and persistence / David Hall and John Coles. London; English Heritage. ISBN 1-85074-477-7. , p. 81-88

From http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Isleham_Hoard

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