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spear-head

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    1903,0623.1

  • Description

    Copper alloy socketed spearhead. Blade rapier-shaped, with bevelled edges. String type loop at base of, but separate from, blade. Decoration comprises of two pairs of conical gold studs on bottom part of blade; loops and blunt underside of blade are incised with v-shaped lines; pointillé outlining the junction of wings and midrib. Part of wooden shaft remains in socket.

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  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1390 BC -1000 BC (at 2 sigma (radiocarbon date))
  • Findspot

  • Materials

  • Type series

    • Davis Type 7 E Rapier-shaped blade
    • Greenwell and Brewis Class IV A
  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Length: 446 millimetres
    • Width: 65 millimetres
    • Weight: 360 grammes
  • Curator's comments

    Spearheads with rapier shaped blades are very rare, with only three found in Britain and seven in Ireland. This is one of only two Bronze Age bronze looped spearhead with gold decoration (see Davis 2012).

  • Bibliography

    • Ehrenberg 1977 121 bibliographic details
    • Rowlands 1976a 1442 bibliographic details
    • Murgia et al 2014 2.16.1 bibliographic details
    • Davis 2012 no. 701 bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display

  • Condition

    The spearhead's socket and one loop are broken.

  • Acquisition name

  • Department

    Britain, Europe and Prehistory

  • Registration number

    1903,0623.1


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