“This is a really exciting find”

It may not be as spectacular as the Iron Age gold torcs, or the Anglo-Saxon hoard, but the collection of Bronze Age axe heads, spear tips, and other 3000-year-old metal objects unearthed in an Essex field is equally impressive in its own way.  And they haven’t, yet, revealed what’s in the pot[tery].

“This is a really exciting find,” said local archaeologist Laura McLean.

“To find a hoard still located in its Bronze Age context, below the level of ploughed soil, is very rare. The fact that there is pottery involved makes the find even more unusual.”

The location was reported to archaeologists at Colchester and Ipswich Museums by a landowner from the Burnham-on-Crouch area and Mr J Humphreys, a metal detectorist.

Three other hobbyists then came forward to report more finds in the same area including the top of a pottery vessel.

“This is a really exciting find and a good example of metal detectorists and archaeologists working together to uncover and record our history, making sure it is not lost forever,” says McLean who acts as local Finds Liaison Officer for the Portable Antiquities Scheme.

And here’s a short video of the excavation from 360 production