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  • n. Plural form of palstave.


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  • Isle of Wight Metal Detecting Club member Dudley Holmes found the two primitive axe heads, known as palstaves, and copper alloy bracelet fragments in March.

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  • Amwell; and many narrow hatchets, or palstaves, from the neighbourhood of Hitchin.


  • The dating of these twisted torcs is a matter of difficulty, as there are only two instances of their having been found in association with bronze objects, one in the case of the Grunty Fen torc which was discovered with three bronze palstaves, and another found at Fresné la Mère, near Falaise,

    The Bronze Age in Ireland

  • Several of the Irish palstaves have a shield-shaped ornament below the stop-ridge.

    The Bronze Age in Ireland

  • This period includes the later type of celts with increased stop-ridge and flanges (palstaves), and some of the earlier forms of socketed celts, long rapiers, the earlier type of leaf-shaped swords, and the looped and leaf-shaped spear-heads, gold torcs, and possibly some of the bronze fibulæ, and sickles without sockets; the disk-headed pins and bronze razors may be placed either at the end of this time or the beginning of the next period.

    The Bronze Age in Ireland

  • These double-looped palstaves are of much interest, as the type is characteristic of the Iberian peninsula.

    The Bronze Age in Ireland

  • Next come the flanged axes, with projecting ledges on either side; and then the palstaves with loops and ribs, each marking some new improvement in the character of the weapon, which the inventor would no doubt have patented but for the unfortunate fact that patents were as yet wholly unknown to Bronze Age humanity.

    Science in Arcady

  • Although the palstaves and bracelet fragments are not made from a precious metal, they are considered treasure because they date from prehistoric times and because more than one item was found in the same place.

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