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Finding the Rothley Bronze Age Hoard

In 2009 Andy Chamberlain was using his metal detector, with the permission of the farmer, on land in Rothley and discovered a very important hoard consisting of a Late Bronze Age copper alloy axe mould in two parts, two Late Bronze Age socketed axes and one Middle Bronze Age palstave axe.

the two socketed axes and the mould were found in one hole and the third palstave axe was found in another about 1m away.

A report was made to H.M.Coroner for North Leicestershire by Ben Roberts, Curator of European Bronze Age, British Museum, Great Russell Street, London. The objects qualified as Treasure under the stipulations of the Treasure Act (1996) (Designation Order 2002)

Showing the two holes where the finds were placed.

The start of the finding of the Rothley Hoard

Lifting out the finds

The finds before conservation

The finds before conservation

The mould before conservation

The mould before conservation

The mould before conservation

The mould before conservation

Showing the dimensions

The axe before conservation

The axe before conservation

The axe before conservation

The axe before conservation

The axe before conservation

The axe before conservation

With thanks to Andy Chamberlain for permission to publish his photographs.

Original website dated 2011

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