SWYOR-A11924: Bronze Age dagger

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Unique ID: SWYOR-A11924

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A cast copper-alloy dagger dating from the Early Bronze Age, about 1900 BC - 1600 BC. It is a flat riveted knife-dagger type. The blade is slightly bent but seems to be almost complete. It has a mid rib on each face and the blade edges are bevelled. The sides of the blade are slightly convex, but are almost straight. At the hilt, they flare outwards and then meet to form a pointed end. A copper alloy rivet survives in the rivet hole on one side of the hilt. It is at the widest point. The other side is damaged and broken across the rivet hole. The rivet has expanded ends and is sub-circular in section. The organic hilt which would have probably been carved from bone or antler is lost. None of the daggers on the PAS database have quite the same shape, but for other Bronze Age daggers compare KENT-8D3476 and LANCUM-EDDE97. Ben Roberts of the British Museum comments that: "This example is of a sub-type that is larger (generally c. 10 cm), with two rivet holes, and which is found throughout Scotland, Yorkshire and the Pennines (see Gerloff 1976, 165-168, nos. 286-294)."


This object has been recorded from images kindly provided by the finder, and has not been examined by the FLO.

Find of note status

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

Class: flat riveted knife dagger

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: BRONZE AGE
Subperiod from: Early
Period from: BRONZE AGE
Date from: Circa 1900 BC
Date to: Circa 1600 BC

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 150 mm

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Wednesday 1st September 2010 - Wednesday 1st December 2010

Personal details

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Recorded by: Ms Amy Downes
Identified by: Ms Amy Downes
Secondary identifier: Mr Ben Roberts

Other reference numbers

Other reference: PAS form number 1660

Materials and construction

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

Spatial metadata

Region: Yorkshire and the Humber (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Wakefield (Metropolitan District)
District: Wakefield (Metropolitan District)
Parish or ward: Ackworth (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: SE4518
Four figure Latitude: 53.656565
Four figure longitude: -1.320579
1:25K map: SE4518
1:10K map: SE41NE
Grid reference source: Generated from computer mapping software
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 10 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
General landuse: Other
Specific landuse: Recreational usage

References cited

No references cited so far.

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Audit data

Recording Institution: SWYOR
Created: 6 years ago
Updated: 6 years ago

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