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Record ID: NMGW-9E5977
Object type: KNIFE
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Swansea
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Early Bronze Age flint knife measuring 53mm length, 18.8mm width, 6.2mm thickness and weighing 6.8g
Created on: Tuesday 16th May 2006
Last updated: Wednesday 15th January 2014
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Record ID: NMGW-743CA6
Object type: FLAT AXEHEAD
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Swansea
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Cast copper alloy flat axe which thickens towards the middle, with a thin, narrow and originally probably slightly rounded butt and a splayed blade. The edges of both the butt and the blade are damaged, and one face in particular is heavily corroded. Two distinct casting flaws are visible on the relatively uncorroded face of the axe. The sides of the blade more or less evenly curve outwards towards the cutting edge from a point situated slightly over one third of the length of the axe from the butt. The axe is undecorated. Longitudinal stritations visible on the relatively uncorro…
Created on: Thursday 19th October 2006
Last updated: Wednesday 15th January 2014
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Record ID: NMGW-EF8FC1
Object type: FLANGED AXEHEAD
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Swansea
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Early Bronze Age, Bronze cast-flanged axe whose sides are straight and near parallel, curving outwards markedly near the blade, giving a splayed blade. The artefact has a flat shaped butt end, which tapers in section. Unusually, the butt end of the axe is pierced by a circular hole (6mm in diameter). This was made with care in antiquity, possibly by drilling into the metal with a circular implement from each side of the artefact, the hole breaking through the middle (as suggested by its slightly hourglass shaped profile). The hole is slightly offset from the centre of the butt, and…
Created on: Monday 6th November 2006
Last updated: Wednesday 15th January 2014
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Record ID: PUBLIC-0919A7
Object type: SPEAR
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Swansea
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Bronze Age bronze socketed spearhead, of pegged type and of Greenwell and Brewis' (1909, 458-460) Type V. Class V spear heads are ascribed to the Wilburton and Ewart Park phases of the Late Bronze Age, corresponding with Needham's (1996) Periods 6 and 7, dated to 1150 - 750BC. The spearhead is complete (with a length of 113.8mm and a weight of 67.3g). The socket is near circular (with an external diameter at the mouth of 23.5-24.1mm, an internal diameter of 18mm and a thickness of 2.6mm). The sides of the socket are straight and convergent. The shaft was attached through two circul…
Created on: Tuesday 21st June 2011
Last updated: Thursday 23rd June 2011
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Record ID: PUBLIC-096647
Object type: PIN
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Swansea
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Late Bronze Age copper alloy cup-headed pin The pin is complete (with a distorted length of 237mm, a straightened length of approximately 270mm and a weight of 32.7g). The head has a slightly oval mouth (13.4mm - 14.3mm external diameter, 12mm internal diameter and 3mm deep). The sides of the cup-head are straight and parallel before curving sharply to the shaft. The interior of the cup-head contains no discernible decoration and is filled with corrosion. The pin shaft is of circular section and has a prominent swelling beneath the head (positioned 20mm beneath the head and producin…
Created on: Tuesday 21st June 2011
Last updated: Friday 15th July 2011
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Record ID: NMGW-487432
Object type: BLADE
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Swansea
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Middle Bronze Age bronze blade, possibly a dirk of Group IV blade with a damaged butt. The dirk is incomplete with some peripheral damage to the butt (with a length of 124.3mm and a weight of 29.3g). The shoulders are eroded but appear to have been comparatively broad (with a surviving width of 48.2mm) and is better preserved on one side. The original form of the hilt is now uncertain although it may have been of trapezoidal form with differential corrosion to the apex of the butt, which now has convergent sides. There are no definite rivet holes evident but there is a notch at t…
Created on: Wednesday 18th February 2015
Last updated: Monday 2nd October 2017
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Record ID: HESH-C6E050
Object type: BLADE
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Swansea
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Blade fragment from either a spear or possibly a rapier of middle-late bronze age date (c. 1450 - 800 BC). The blade is relatively undiagnostic and is most likely from a spear. It is triangular in plan with a lentoid cross section across the blade. Remains of a high mi-rib is present and this would have given strength to the blade when used. The fragment has been rolled in the ploughsoil and the long edges have been removed. It is possible that across the break on the lower edge the remains of a slight depression can be seen - this is possibly the top of the socket (a naturally weak po…
Created on: Tuesday 9th April 2019
Last updated: Tuesday 23rd April 2019
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Reynoldston', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: NMGW-4811C9
Object type: DIRK
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Swansea
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Late Bronze Age dirk of Penard or Wallington metalworking Industry, dated to c. 1300 - 1000BC The cast dirk is complete but now distorted across the mid blade (with a distorted length of 282mm, a straightened length of approximately 288mm and a weight of 94.4g). The butt is flat-topped, slightly angled (23.0mm wide and 1.8mm thick). There are two rivet notches beneath the butt and on the sides (of 8.5mm diameter, with their midpoints 9.6mm beneath the butt and giving a minimum butt width of 17.5mm). There is no clear hilt mark but there is the suggestion of a curving mark from the top…
Created on: Thursday 27th June 2019
Last updated: Thursday 27th June 2019
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Record ID: NMGW319
Object type: RAPIER
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Swansea
Workflow stage: Published Find published
Tip of a Middle Bronze Age rapier or dirk with a flattish mid-section and wide slightly bevelled edges. The surface of the fragment is corroded and its edges are damaged. The break is ancient. Surviving length 71.5mm, maximum surviving width 17mm, maximum surviving thickness 2.5mm. The fragment is an example of Burgess and Gerloff's Group IV (1981, 3, 62-112). It is not possible to identify which particular type of Group IV blade this fragment is an example of because the diagnostic features high up on the blade and butt have been lost.
Created on: Thursday 15th March 2001
Last updated: Thursday 24th February 2011
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Record ID: NMGW181
Object type: FLAKE
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Swansea
Workflow stage: Published Find published
Flint knife. Length 55.2mm, breadth 33.3mm, thickness 12.5mm, weight 21.8 grams.
Created on: Friday 12th November 1999
Last updated: Thursday 24th February 2011
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Port Eynon', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: NMGW3182
Object type: RAPIER
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Swansea
Workflow stage: Published Find published
Tip of a slender rapier, which has been reworked and used as a short dirk. There are no ridges or ribs visible on the blade, which has a slightly flattened but rounded cross section. This suggests that the artefact was once a Group IV rapier (Burgess & Gerloff 1981, 62). It is not possible to assign this reworked artefact to individual type within the overall group since diagnostic features high up the blade and on the original butt have been lost. The top of the blade fragment has been reworked by flattening the blade, though without splaying it. A new butt was created by inserting t…
Created on: Wednesday 30th May 2001
Last updated: Thursday 24th February 2011
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Record ID: NMGW-2FC036
Object type: ARROWHEAD
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Swansea
Workflow stage: Published Find published
A Bronze Age flint barbed and tanged arrowhead fragment measuring 18.9mm long, 13.7mm wide, 2.9mm thick and weighing 0.6g.
Created on: Wednesday 17th August 2005
Last updated: Friday 15th September 2017
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Record ID: NMGW-301525
Object type: ARROWHEAD
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Swansea
Workflow stage: Published Find published
A Bronze Age flint barbed and tanged arrowhead measuring 21.1mm long, 17.2mm wide, 3.8mm thick and weighing 1.2g.
Created on: Wednesday 17th August 2005
Last updated: Friday 15th September 2017
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Record ID: NMGW-C9AAD6
Object type: ARROWHEAD
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Swansea
Workflow stage: Published Find published
An Early Bronze Age flint barbed and tanged arrowhead with one barb missing. The arrowhead measures 15.9mm long, 15.8mm wide, 3.0mm thick and weighs 0.6g.
Created on: Friday 10th February 2006
Last updated: Wednesday 13th September 2017
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Record ID: NMGW-C3C886
Object type: KNIFE
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Swansea
Workflow stage: Published Find published
One early Bronze Age flint plano-convex knife.
Created on: Monday 8th March 2004
Last updated: Wednesday 16th August 2017
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Record ID: NMGW-C3E113
Object type: LITHIC IMPLEMENT
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Swansea
Workflow stage: Published Find published
One burnt Early Bronze Age flint plano-convex knife.
Created on: Monday 8th March 2004
Last updated: Friday 15th September 2017
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Record ID: NMGW-A91D12
Object type: DIRK
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Swansea
Workflow stage: Published Find published
Middle Bronze Age bronze dirk of Group II or Group IV with Group II affinities (Burgess & Gerloff, 1981, p 62 - 65), perhaps dating to the Penard metalworking industry (c.1275-1120 BC following Needham et al. 1997), corresponding to the latter part of Needham's (1996) Period 5 (dated to 1500 - 1150BC). The dirk has a damaged butt and is eroded, but is otherwise complete (with a length of 159mm and a weight of 38.2g). The butt was trapezoidal (with a maximum surviving width of 45.5mm) without a central rib or notches. The butt appears to have broken through two rivet holes, position…
Created on: Friday 14th March 2008
Last updated: Wednesday 13th September 2017
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Record ID: NMGW-89E573
Object type: FLAT AXEHEAD
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Swansea
Workflow stage: Published Find published
Early Bronze Age bronze flat axe of Type Migdale (following Schmidt and Burgess 1981) or Class 3D, Type Barton Stacey (following Needham et al. forthcoming), and dating to the Brithdir assemblage (c. 2200/2150 - 2050 BC) during Needham's (1996, pp 127 - 130) Period 2, c. 2,300 - 2,050BC. The flat axe is complete and has an overall length of 150.4mm and weighs 503.9g. The butt is square with a width of 24mm and is tapered to a thickness of 3mm. The sides are divergent and are straight for some 50mm before they become concave to the expanded blade. The sides are moderately flat acros…
Created on: Thursday 27th July 2006
Last updated: Tuesday 12th September 2017
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Record ID: NMGW-1C9B44
Object type: KNIFE
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Swansea
Workflow stage: Published Find published
An Early Bronze Age burnt flint plano-convex knife fragment measuring 25.2mm long, 17.4mm wide, 8.5mm thick and weighing 3.1g.
Created on: Tuesday 14th February 2006
Last updated: Wednesday 13th September 2017
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Record ID: NMGW-463FD5
Object type: ARROWHEAD
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Swansea
Workflow stage: Published Find published
An Early Bronze Age flint barbed and tanged arrowhead measuring 24.4mm long, 20.7mm wide, 4.8mm thick and weighing 1.8g.
Created on: Thursday 18th August 2005
Last updated: Friday 15th September 2017
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