PUBLIC-A8D6EA: Late Bronze Age copper alloy spear

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An incomplete cast copper alloy middle Bronze Age (c. -1800BC to -1100BC) spearhead missing its tip and its socket. Overall, the spearhead measures 38mm long, 15mm wide and 6mm thick. It weighs 13.82g. The spear head is bent (possibly deliberately) so that it curves slightly, possibly ritually broken. The blade is worn but it appears to have had fairly straight cutting edges. The midrib measures 6mm in width, extends all the way along the blade fragment and is oval in cross-section. The copper alloy has a dark grey to black surface patina, with a faint reddish patina along each side of the midrib, on both faces. Where the edges are chipped, there is a greenish patina to the broken surface.

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: BRONZE AGE
Subperiod from: Middle
Period from: BRONZE AGE
Subperiod to: Late
Period to: BRONZE AGE
Date from: Circa 1800 BC
Date to: Circa 1100 BC

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 38 mm
Width: 15 mm
Thickness: 6 mm
Weight: 13.82 g

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Recorded by: Mrs Nikki Goldblatt
Identified by: Mrs Nikki Goldblatt

Materials and construction

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

Spatial metadata

Region: East Midlands (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Lincolnshire (County)
District: North Kesteven (District)
To be known as: Osbournby area

Spatial coordinates

Grid reference source: GPS (from the finder)
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 1 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
General landuse: Cultivated land

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Created: 4 months ago
Updated: 4 months ago

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