WILT-AD8D05: Middle-Late Bronze Age rapier

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Unique ID: WILT-AD8D05

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An incomplete late Middle to early Late Bronze Age (1400 - 1100 BC) copper alloy notched-butt type rapier, missing its tip and with a worn butt end. The break is old and the blade is bent a little (horizontally) just before the break. Measures 95.84mm in length and weighs 31.53g.

The butt end has recent damage to the top edge, with loss of patina, and two notches just above the shoulders (the widest point, which measures 29.27x3.38mm).

The narrowing blade extends from the shoulders with a broad flat mid-rib. It is thickest (4.63mm) just below the shoulders. The blade measures 8.44x3.22mm at the break, which is rather more pointed-oval in cross-section.

Dot Boughton comments: I would tentatively suggest this belongs to Gerloff and Burgess Group IV dating from the late Middle Bronze Age to the early Late Bronze Age, that is somewhere between the Taunton and Penard metalwork assemblages. The rapiers from the Appleby hoard (in Cumbria) look similar and there is an entire Type Appleby in Group IV dating between c. 1200-1100 BC (early Penard metalwork assemblage).

Subsequent actions

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Broad period: BRONZE AGE
Subperiod from: Middle
Period from: BRONZE AGE
Subperiod to: Late
Period to: BRONZE AGE
Date from: Circa 1400 BC
Date to: Circa 1100 BC

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 95.84 mm
Width: 29.27 mm
Thickness: 4.63 mm
Weight: 31.53 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Sunday 29th July 2012

Personal details

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Recorded by: Ms Katie Hinds
Identified by: Ms Katie Hinds

Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy
Completeness: Incomplete

Spatial metadata

Region: South West (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Swindon (Unitary Authority)
District: Swindon (Unitary Authority)
Parish or ward: Liddington (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: SU2278
Four figure Latitude: 51.500513
Four figure longitude: -1.684453
1:25K map: SU2278
1:10K map: SU27NW
Grid reference source: Centred on field
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 100 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
General landuse: Cultivated land

References cited

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Created: 6 years ago
Updated: 5 years ago

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