Where water wells up from the earth: excavations at the findspot of the Late Bronze Age Broadward hoard, Shropshire

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Pottery (David Mullin)

A single sherd of pottery (33g) was recovered beside the pit. It is a body sherd from a large vessel, although it is not possible to be certain of the diameter or form. The fabric contains frequent rock inclusions up to 4mm in diameter and the external face appears to have been smoothed. Such fabrics are fairly well known in the Welsh Marches from sites such as Bromfield92 and Beeston Castle93 and span the Middle to Late Bronze Age.

Clay weight (Richard Bradley)

The only find from the excavation of the enclosure (Trench 3) was a broken clay weight from context 3007. It had a flat base and a circular cross section (fig 15). It was extremely friable and had been placed upside down in the ground. The surviving fragment lacked a hole for suspension, showing that it did not form part of a cylindrical loom weight. On the other hand, Late Bronze Age and Iron Age examples from the Marches are usually perforated horizontally towards the top. This fragmentary artefact was probably of that type. It is significantly larger than intact examples from Iron Age contexts at the Breiddin, Croft Ambrey and Sutton Walls, and is much more like the clay weights from a Late Bronze Age context at Beeston Castle. In a recent paper Best and Woodward suggest that such artefacts may not have been associated with weaving and might have functioned as kiln furniture; there are examples with traces of burning towards the base.94 That might explain why only part of this object has survived.

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