WILT-37F8E1: Bronze Age tongue chape

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Unique ID: WILT-37F8E1

Object type certainty: Certain
Workflow status: Published Find published

A copper alloy Late Bronze Age tongue-shaped scabbard chape dating to the period c. 1050 - 800 BC. The chape has tapering sides and is lozengiform in cross-section with a pronounced median rib characteristic of this type of chape. The tip of the chape is rounded and features a circular projection which may be stylistic attempt to copy similar forms which feature washers and bosses on the base. The tip of the chape is solid. It becomes hollow at the point where one side of the chape has broken off due to old damage.

Adam Gwilt comments: They are a typical and widespread form dating Blackmoor and Ewart Park phases of the Late Bronze Age spanning around 1050-800 BC.These chapes can be exceptional castings made possible by the addition of lead into the bronze to improve casting properties - I would expect this chape to be a leaded bronze. (Pers. comms.)

Cf. ESS-9A1663 for a similar example on the database.


Similar examples have been found in the Salisbury Hoard and the Guilsfield hoard.

Thanks are extended to Adam Gwilt and Dot Boughton for their assistance in identifying this object.

Class: chape
Sub class: Blackmoor and Ewart Park phases

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 1050 BC
Date to: Circa 800 BC

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 37.49 mm
Width: 15.8 mm
Thickness: 9.76 mm
Weight: 8.7 g

Personal details

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Recorded by: Miss Julie Shoemark
Identified by: Dr Dot Boughton
Secondary identifier:

Other reference numbers

Other reference: SSWM 4285

Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy
Completeness: Complete

Spatial metadata

Region: South West (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Wiltshire (Unitary Authority)
District: Wiltshire (Unitary Authority)
To be known as: Salisbury

Spatial coordinates

Grid reference source: GPS (from the finder)
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 100 metre square.

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Created: 4 years ago
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