WAW-1669B1: A Bronze Age Spearhead

Rights Holder: Birmingham Museums Trust
CC License:


Image use policy

Our images can be used under a CC BY attribution licence (unless stated otherwise).

SPEARHEAD

Unique ID: WAW-1669B1

Object type certainty: Certain
Workflow status: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation

A complete copper alloy spearhead dating to the Middle Bronze Age (c. 1550-1250 BC). The spearhead is broadly sub-triangular in plan and profile with a sub-oval/leaf-shaped blade, with a pronounced mid-rib on both faces. The mid-rib is lozenge shaped and tapers from the tip of the spearhead into the socket of the spear. The socket is hollow and has cast side loops roughly half way up the socketed end on opposing sides. The socketed end is slightly chipped but overall the object shows few signs of wear. The object has a smooth dark brown to dark green patina, which is pitted in places.

This form of spearhead can be classified as Davis Group 6 (Davis 2017). Davis (2017) suggests that 'spearheads from the earlier MBA [Middle Bronze Age] were those with sockets extending into the blade, and with loops on the side of the socket'. He thus dates these types to the Acton Park and Taunton phases, circa 1550-1250 BC. As such this example has been similarly dated. 

Comparable objects recorded on the PAS database include: SWYOR-A609BB; LIN-0DDC06; and LANCUM-D63A53.

The object measures 109mm in length, 19mm in width and 14mm in depth.

Notes:

Photographs and dimensions kindly supplied by the finder during the third Covid-19 lockdown period. 

Class: Developed side-looped
Sub class: Davis Group 6

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder

Chronology

Broad period: BRONZE AGE
Subperiod from: Middle
Period from: BRONZE AGE
Subperiod to: Middle
Period to: BRONZE AGE
Date from: Circa 1550 BC
Date to: Circa 1250 BC

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 109 mm
Width: 19 mm
Thickness: 14 mm

Personal details

This information is restricted for your access level.

Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy
Manufacture method: Cast
Completeness: Complete

Spatial metadata

Region: West Midlands (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Worcestershire (County)
District: Malvern Hills (District)
Parish or ward: Malvern (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: SO7648
Four figure Latitude: 52.12977927
Four figure longitude: -2.35201698
1:25K map: SO7648
1:10K map: SO74NE
Grid reference source: GPS (from the finder)
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 1 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
General landuse: Wetlands

References cited

Author Publication Year Title Publication Place Publisher Pages Reference
Davis, R. 2017 Object Datasheet no.5: A Short Guide to Early and Middle Bronze Age Spearheads Online The Later Prehistoric Finds Group

Similar objects

Find number: SWYOR-BF7F41
Object type: SPEARHEAD
Broadperiod: BRONZE AGE
A looped and socketed copper alloy spear head dating from the Middle Bronze Age, about 1550 - 1250 BC. It seems to fit into Davis's Group 2 (…
Workflow: PublishedFind published

Find number: LIN-1CDF13
Object type: SPEARHEAD
Broadperiod: BRONZE AGE
An incomplete socketed copper alloy spear head dating from the Middle Bronze Age, about 1550 - 1250 BC. It probably can be assigned to Davis'…
Workflow: PublishedFind published

Find number: WMID-56E2E4
Object type: SPEARHEAD
Broadperiod: BRONZE AGE
A complete copper alloy spear dating to the Middle Bronze Age (c. 1600-1400 BC). The spearhead is broadly sub-triangular in plan and profile …
Workflow: Awaiting validationFind awaiting validation

Timeline of associated dates

Audit data

Recording Institution: WAW
Created: About one year ago
Updated: About one year ago

Other formats: this page is available as qrcode json xml geojson pdf rdf representations.