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Copper alloy spear-head with conical socket and foliate blade and squared-off butt. Stout socket flattened in blade zone, with a short section continuing below the blade and pin-holes immediately below the blade; long and narrow blade with slightly rounded profile, ending at right angles; two slight grooves on each side of the blade. No patina. Small parts missing.
Length: 250 millimetres
Weight: 294 grammes
- Curator's comments
- Sestieri & MacNamara 2007
Close to Bietti Sestieri 1973, 393–394, fig. 8.6, hoard of Poggio Berni (Forlì), Emilia Romagna, FBA middle; Müller-Karpe 1959, pl. 126B.1, hoard of Trösing (Murek, Steiermark), phase HaB1. See also Lo Schiavo and Peroni 1979, fig.
10.8, cemetery of Castellace, Oppido Mamertina, Calabria, FBA, late.
A similar type, only with lower blade ends rounded, is quite common in LBA contexts of northern Italy; see especially the RBA–FBA hoard of Pila del Brancon (Verona), Veneto: Salzani 1994, fig. 2.10.
The absence of patina seems to support the provenance of this piece from the Tiber. This appears to have been an offering to the river, a ritual practice well known in Bronze Age Europe, including northern and central Italy.
- On display (G71/dc2)
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- Britain, Europe and Prehistory
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