SOMDOR-9ADF54: Bronze Age Chape Sword

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Unique ID: SOMDOR-9ADF54

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Incomplete copper alloy sword-chape. Late Bronze Age (1150BC-800BC). Ogival with lozenge shaped cross section, sharp median ribs and flattened edges with a slight rib front and back. The mouth of the chape is wide and open with deeply in-curved upper edges. The butt has a solid oval boss with a convex end. There are three ridges around the sides of the boss. The chape then flares out before curving back in to form an ogee shape and tapering to the round ended, oval sectioned butt. The chape is damaged and incomplete at both top and base and has been broken in two (the pieces were found separately on two separate occasions). The distal end of the chape contains blackened casting debris. Similar examples can be seen in H. N. Savory, 1980, Guide Catalogue of the Bronze Age Collections, National Museum of Wales - Figs. 36 & 37, pp. 118-9 and 184-5, especially no. 55 for the mouth. Dimensions: 206.5mm x 51.4mm x 14.8mmmm Weight: 128.75g


Acquired by the Somerset County Museum. Illustrated.

Find of note status

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

Class: Chape

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: BRONZE AGE
Subperiod from: Late
Period from: BRONZE AGE
Date from: Circa 1150 BC
Date to: Circa 800 BC

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 206.5 mm
Width: 51.4 mm
Thickness: 14.8 mm
Weight: 128.75 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Saturday 1st January 2005

Personal details

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Recorded by: Ms Ciorstaidh Hayward Trevarthen
Identified by: Stuart Needham

Other reference numbers

Museum accession number: TTNCM 29/2007

Materials and construction

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

Spatial metadata

Region: South West (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Somerset (County)
District: Sedgemoor (District)
Parish or ward: Chedzoy (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: ST3435
Four figure Latitude: 51.110477
Four figure longitude: -2.944179
1:25K map: ST3435
1:10K map: ST33NW
Grid reference source: From a paper map
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 100 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
General landuse: Cultivated land
Specific landuse: Operations to a depth less than 0.25 m

References cited

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Audit data

Recording Institution: SOMDOR
Created: 12 years ago
Updated: 6 years ago

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