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socket
SYNONYMS OR RELATED TERMS: socketed implement
CATEGORY: artifact
DEFINITION: A hole made in an object to take a haft. It is usually closed at one end, in contrast to a shaft-hole which is open at both. The term also refers to a bronze or iron weapon or tool cast so that it was hollow and open at the butt-end to allow a haft to be inserted.
socketed axe
SYNONYMS OR RELATED TERMS: socketed ax, socketed axhead
CATEGORY: artifact
DEFINITION: A type of tool typical of the later stages of the European Bronze Age in which the body of the tool is hollow so that it can receive a shaped projection at the end of the haft in order to secure the haft to the metal axehead. Socketed axes were produced in multi-piece moulds.
socketed spearhead
CATEGORY: artifact
DEFINITION: A type of spearhead typical of the middle and later stages of the European Bronze Age in which an elongated hollow was cast into the base of the blade to receive the shaped end of the wooden spear shaft. Some socketed spearheads are fixed to the shaft by means of a peg set at right angles through the metal walls of the spearhead and the wooden shaft within; others are secured by lashings fixed to loops cast into the base of the metal spearhead.
unlooped socketed spearhead
CATEGORY: artifact
DEFINITION: A large metal projectile point typical of the later Bronze Age in Europe that was mounted on a wooden shaft by way of a socket cast into the base of the object, usually with a hole to allow a peg to pass through the socket walls and the shaft to ensure secure attachment. Such spearheads lack the loops of earlier designs which seem to have been used to tie the spearhead to the shaft.

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