IOW-221956: Incomplete cast bronze spearhead of Early Bronze Age, Arreton Down Metalworking Tradition (1650 BC - 1500 BC).

Rights Holder: Frank Basford
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Unique ID: IOW-221956

Object type certainty: Certain
Workflow status: Published Find published

Incomplete cast bronze spearhead of Early Bronze Age, Arreton Down Metalworking Tradition (1650 BC - 1500 BC). Length 98mm, maximum width 17.5mm, maximum thickness 5mm. Weight 10.84g.

The implement, symmetrical in plan, is described with the blade at the top and the tang at the bottom. The blade, 61mm in length, is shaped like a lanceolate leaf. From a pointed tip it flares evenly outwards and downwards towards a rounded base. On both faces of the blade, a longitudinal mid-rib extends from the tip to the base. The sides of the ribs are roughly parallel and both have flattened surfaces. The tang, 37mm in length, is an extension of the mid-rib. It tapers from 6.5mm in width at the base of the blade to 3mm in width at the attachment end where there is an old abraded break. A 5mm length of the tang at its junction with the blade is in the form of a swelling which is sub-circular in cross-section and has a maximum diameter of 6.5mm. The remainder of the tang is rectangular in cross-section. At the attachment end of the tang, on the front and rear faces, there is a shallow central longitudinal groove which may have been created as a result of an imperfection in the mould. The piece is in fair condition and has small areas of superficial corrosion, although the majority of the surfaces have a mid to dark green patina.


No analogy found for this relatively small spearhead. However, it probably belongs to the Arreton Down, Isle of Wight, Metalworking Tradition of the Early Bronze Age.

Find of note status

This has been noted as an interesting find by the recorder.

Class: Spearhead

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: 1650 BC
Date to: 1500 BC

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 98 mm
Width: 17.5 mm
Thickness: 5 mm
Weight: 10.84 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Sunday 25th September 2005

Personal details

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Recorded by: Mr Frank Basford
Identified by: Mr Frank Basford

Other reference numbers

Other reference: IOW2005-172-2

Materials and construction

Primary material:
Manufacture method: Cast
Completeness: Incomplete

Spatial metadata

Region: South East (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Isle of Wight (Unitary Authority)
District: Isle of Wight (Unitary Authority)
To be known as: Shalfleet Parish

Spatial coordinates

Grid reference source: Generated from computer mapping software
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 1 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
Discovery circumstances: Metal detecting rally
General landuse: Cultivated land
Specific landuse: Operations to a depth greater than 0.25m

References cited

No references cited so far.

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Created: 12 years ago
Updated: 7 years ago

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