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Major Bronze Age haul unearthed
The Bronze Age artefacts
More than 140 pieces have been recovered from the garden
A large haul of Bronze Age artefacts has been uncovered by a gardener.

The 145 items, dating from about 800BC, were found by Simon Francis as he landscaped the grounds of a house in Cringleford, near Norwich.

Norfolk County Council archaeologists say the haul is one of the largest and most significant they have known.

Curator of archaeology Alan West said: "The items are in good condition and the more items we find the better knowledge we can develop of the era."

It is very unusual to find items from two completely different eras all on one site
Norfolk curator of archaeology Alan West

He said the items, one of the biggest finds in Norfolk, had been buried in a shallow pit.

"I would have thought the items were buried there as it was a safe area and they planned to return to recover them at a later date but, for whatever reason, that never happened," Mr West said.

Since the first 135 items were found on Friday, archaeologists have revisited the site and found more, including a Viking brooch.

Mr West said: "It is very unusual to find items from two completely different eras all on one site."

The haul included axe heads, spear heads, sword parts, tools and ingots.

Mr West said the coroner would now decide if the find qualifies as treasure.

It is hoped the artefacts will eventually go on public display.

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