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 , 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.
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