WILT-0276AC: Bronze Age socketed spearhead

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Unique ID: WILT-0276AC

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An incomplete cast copper alloy socketed spearhead with side loops, dating to the Middle Bronze Age,1500-1150 BC. The spearhead is lozenge shaped in cross section with a central rib running down the blade, extending into the shaft. The central rib divides the blade into two halves and the spear has a pointy end and rounded base, near the socket.

The socket is hollow and a cylindrical shape which tapers from the base to the blade. There is a side loop on each side of the socketed end, in line with the casting seams. These loops are slightly flatened on the outside to make them appear lozenge shaped. The spearhead measures 94.72mm in length, with a 15.10mm maximum width from the blade. The spearheard measures 7.36mm thick at the blade. The socket is 40.50mm in length, 14.74mm in width and 2.17mm thick at the socket. The spearhead weighs 25.70g.

A similar spearhead is illustrated by C. N. Moore and M. Rowlands (1972) in the Salisbury Museum Bronze Age metalwork catalogue (plate XI, no. 57) and recorded as Greenwell and Brewis Class IV.

Class: Side Loops

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder

Chronology

Broad period: BRONZE AGE
Period from: BRONZE AGE
Period to: BRONZE AGE
Date from: Circa 1500 BC
Date to: Circa 1150 BC

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 94.72 mm
Width: 15.1 mm
Thickness: 7.36 mm
Weight: 25.7 g

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Recorded by: Miss Natasha Cross
Identified by: Miss Natasha Cross

Other reference numbers

Other reference: SSWM 4794

Materials and construction

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

Spatial metadata

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

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Grid reference source: GPS (from the finder)
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 10 metre square.

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Created: 3 years ago
Updated: 2 years ago

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