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Unique ID: NMS-105598

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Complete Middle Bronze Age copper alloy barbed and tanged arrowhead. Finely cast with multiple fine file marks on both faces which have chamfered edges to the blade and a shallow mid-rib. There is a slight casting-flash one one side of the pointed-oval sectioned tang. Traces of iron-staining over all. Length 54.5mm. Width 22mm. 3mm thick. Weighs 7.63g. 1275-1140 BC.

A bronze arrowhead from the Penard hoard (a secure Bronze Age of c. 1275-1140 BC), was discussed in Archaeologica 71 (p. 138), where it was suggested that although the barbed and tanged form was used in flint from the Early Bronze Age to the Middle Bronze Age, copper alloy arrowheads did not come into fashion until later in the Middle Bronze Age.

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Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: BRONZE AGE
Subperiod from: Middle
Period from: BRONZE AGE
Subperiod to: Middle
Period to: BRONZE AGE
Date from: Circa 1275 BC
Date to: Circa 1140 BC

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 54.5 mm
Width: 22 mm
Thickness: 3 mm
Weight: 7.63 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Tuesday 12th June 2018 - Monday 9th July 2018

Personal details

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Recorded by: Mr Steven Ashley
Identified by: Mr Steven Ashley

Other reference numbers

SMR reference number: 23119
Other reference: KLMD072018

Materials and construction

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

Spatial metadata

County or Unitary authority: Norfolk (County)
District: King's Lynn and West Norfolk (District)
Parish or ward: Methwold (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: TL7295
Four figure Latitude: 52.52572089
Four figure longitude: 0.53395722
1:25K map: TL7295
1:10K map: TL79NW
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 1 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
General landuse: Cultivated land

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Recording Institution: NMS
Created: 5 months ago
Updated: 5 months ago

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