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05.05.2021

Isleham Hoard

The Isleham Hoard is a hoard of over 6,500 pieces of worked and unworked bronze, dating from the Bronze Age, found in 1959 by "Bill" William Houghton and his brother Arthur, at Isleham, near Ely, in the English county of Cambridgeshire.

This is the largest Bronze Age treasure ever found in England, and one of the finest. It consists in particular of swords, knight's helmets, arrows, axes, palstaves, knives, daggers, armor, decorative equipment (particularly for horses) and many fragments of sheet bronze. All dating of Wilburton-Wallington phases from the Late Bronze Age (circa 1000 BC ). The swords show holes where rivets or studs held the wooden hilt in place.

Most of these objects have been donated to St Edmundsbury City Council Heritage Service, some are on display in the Anglo-Saxon village of West Stow outside Bury St Edmunds, and others are preserved at the University of Cambridge Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, Cambridge. 

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