GLO-7C86FA: GLO-7C86FA Bronze Age tongue shaped sword scabbard chape

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Unique ID: GLO-7C86FA

Object type certainty: Certain
Workflow status: Published Find published

Copper alloy tongue shaped sword scabbard chape that dates to the late Bronze Age (1150-800 BC). This has a subtriangular top half with convex sides that extends into an elongated base that has tapering concave edges. The mouth of the chape is lozenge in form; the long side of the aperture has a deep U-shaped notch in the centre and extended sides that that from two tapering upward projecting arms that would have ran parallel with the scabbard, one arm is truncated. A pronounced central rib runs down the length of both faces and ends at the base where there is an oval disc with chamfered sides. In the centre of the rib is a hole that passes from one side to the next and may have been a rivet hole to secure the chape onto the scabbard.

There are small holes over the whole surface which is a defect in the casting process.

Similar types of artefacts are recorded on the database at SOMDOR-9ADF54

Find of note status

This is a find of note and has been designated: Regional importance

Class: chape

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: Exactly 1150 BC
Date to: Circa 800 BC

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 96 mm
Width: 43 mm
Thickness: 14 mm
Weight: 55.51 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Sunday 1st May 2016 - Thursday 1st September 2016

Personal details

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Recorded by: Mr Kurt Adams
Identified by: Mr Kurt Adams

Materials and construction

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

Spatial metadata

Region: South West (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: South Gloucestershire (Unitary Authority)
District: South Gloucestershire (Unitary Authority)
Parish or ward: Hanham Abbots (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: ST6570
Four figure Latitude: 51.4279168
Four figure longitude: -2.50481255
1:25K map: ST6570
1:10K map: ST67SE
Grid reference source: From finder
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 1 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
General landuse: Cultivated land
Specific landuse: Character undetermined

References cited

No references cited so far.

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Audit data

Recording Institution: GLO
Created: 2 years ago
Updated: 8 months ago

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