ESS-1A7A76: Bronze Age Spear head

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Unique ID: ESS-1A7A76

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A fragment of a Bronze Age spear head dating to 1500BC to 800BC. Only the tip of the spear head remains and is sub-triangular in plan and profile. The edges have sustained damage and the break appears not to be recent.

The item is triangular in shape. The mid portion of the spear is cylindrical in section, and there are two triangular sectioned flanges that protrude at each side to prodice the sharp blade edges. The spear tapers to a point, and the breakage is at the opposite end. The surface patina is a light brown with patches of green, and the inside (seen through the breakage) is a light orange/brown.

Dimensions: weight: 7.1g, length: 28.7mm, width: 15.9mm, thickness: 9.4mm


A date of middle to late Bronze Age was decided by the cross sectional shape to similar items.

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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 1500 BC
Date to: Circa 800 BC

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 28.7 mm
Width: 15.9 mm
Thickness: 9.4 mm
Weight: 7.1 g

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Recorded by: Mr Colin Rose
Identified by: Ms Sophie Flynn

Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper
Manufacture method: Cast
Completeness: Fragment

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