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Unique ID: HAMP-C13678

Object type certainty: Certain
Workflow status: Published Find published

A near-complete copper alloy Wessex dagger dating from the Early Bronze Age (c. 1600-1400 BC), of EBAIII Arreton (Camerton-Snowshill) type (following Gerloff 1975) or Series 5D (following Needham 2015), and of Needham's (1996) Period 4-5. The blade is 128.8mm in length and tapers with ogival sides to a point from a 47.3mm width rear end which has two rivet holes. The blade has lenticular cross section and is decorated with two sets of four parallel grooves which run along each edge of  the blade on both sides, following the line of the taper and merging at the point. The blade edges are bevelled. The midrib merges seamlessly into the profile of the blade. The tip is slightly bent.


Camerton-Snowshill daggers are generally deposited within burials with a largely Wiltshire and Dorset distribution and have a date range that is believed to span the Early to Middle Bronze Age transition.

Find of note status

This is a find of note and has been designated: County / local importance

Class: Camerton-Snowshill (Series 5D)

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: BRONZE AGE
Subperiod from: Early
Period from: BRONZE AGE
Subperiod to: Early
Period to: BRONZE AGE
Date from: Circa 1600 BC
Date to: Circa 1400 BC

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 128.8 mm
Width: 47.3 mm
Thickness: 4.8 mm
Weight: 68.4 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Sunday 28th March 2021

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Materials and construction

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

Spatial metadata

Region: South East (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: West Sussex (County)
District: Chichester (District)
Parish or ward: Harting (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: SU7619
Four figure Latitude: 50.9654178
Four figure longitude: -0.91910565
1:25K map: SU7619
1:10K map: SU71NE
Grid reference source: From finder
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 1 metre square.

References cited

Author Publication Year Title Publication Place Publisher Pages Reference
Gerloff, S. 1975 The early Bronze Age daggers in Great Britain, and a reconsideration of the Wessex culture Mu?nchen Beck
Needham, S.P. 2015 Appendix I: A revised classification and chronology for Daggers and Knives Oxford Oxbow Books

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Updated: About one year ago

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