WMID-CFDA5A: Late Bronze Age: Incomplete pegged leaf shaped spearhead

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A near complete leaf shaped spearhead of Late Bronze Age date (Ewart Park phase, c. 950 - 750 BC). The spearhead is 90% complete; an irregular tear is present along the mid-rib socket between the two blades. The overall shape of the spearhead is broadly leaf shaped, with a 'flame shaped' blade. Two circular peg holes are present, one on either side of the socket. These have an internal diameter of 6.1 mm. The base of the socket is circular and has a depth of 123.7 mm. Blade facets are visible along the edge of the blades on the undamaged side. The spearhead is a dark brown to mid green colour, with an even surface patina. Abrasion has caused the original surface to flake away in a few areas, these are dark green in colour. This type of spearhead is consistent with that of the Ewart park phase and a parallel can be found in the Shropshire Marches VII hoard. It is consistent with dating between 950 BC and 750 BC.

It measures 162 mm in length, a maximum width of 39.3 mm. The socket has an external diameter of 24.6 mm and an internal diameter of 19.7 mm. The walls of the socket are 2.3 mm thick. It weighs 122.1 g.


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Find of note status

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

Class: Pegged

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: BRONZE AGE
Subperiod from: Late
Period from: BRONZE AGE
Subperiod to: Late
Period to: BRONZE AGE
Date from: Circa 950 BC
Date to: Circa 750 BC

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 162 mm
Width: 39.3 mm
Thickness: 24.6 mm
Weight: 122.1 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Sunday 4th July 2021 - Sunday 4th July 2021

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Materials and construction

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

Spatial metadata

Region: West Midlands (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Staffordshire (County)
District: South Staffordshire (District)
Parish or ward: Essington (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: SK0005
Four figure Latitude: 52.64274116
Four figure longitude: -2.0014349
1:25K map: SK0005
1:10K map: SK00NW
Grid reference source: From finder
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 1 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
Discovery circumstances: Found whilst out searching with a metal detector
General landuse: Cultivated land

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Updated: 5 months ago

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