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    • Broad period: BRONZE AGE
    • Object type: DIRK

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Record ID: SOM-71AABB
Object type: DIRK
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Somerset
Workflow stage: Published Find published
A near complete copper alloy Middle Bronze Age dirk (small rapier) dating to the period c.1500 - 1150 BC found in 4 adjoining pieces. The butt exhibits a series of old breaks along the lower edge which is convex curved and widens out to a maximum of 16.7 mm in width. It then tapers inwards to form two C-shaped notches on either side which are the remains of two broken rivets holes used as the attachment point for the missing handle. Both rivets are missing, and the holes are too fragmented to accurately estimate their diameter. From these rivet holes the sides of the rapier expand in…
Created on: Tuesday 22nd January 2019
Last updated: Thursday 21st February 2019
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Record ID: SUR-CDFEEC
Object type: DIRK
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Oxfordshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A Middle Bronze Age (1400-1100 BC) dirk or rapier, 142.6mm in length. The edges of the blade are straight and gradually taper to a rounded point. The butt is trapezoid with a flat rear and concave shoulders. Rivet holes to either side,of the butt, one of which is partially broken, would have secured the hilt. Both rivets are missing and one of the holes is filled with iron concretion. The blade is lozengiform in cross section and has a very low rounded spine. The rounded tip and uneven edge suggest re-sharpening and a prolonged lifetime of use. The surface of the object shows some dama…
Created on: Wednesday 2nd January 2019
Last updated: Thursday 3rd January 2019
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Record ID: CAM-CB2925
Object type: DIRK
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Norfolk
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A fragment from a Bronze age copper-alloy artefact, probably a dirk (dagger/knife) of middle Bronze Age date. This fragment weighs 25.20g and is from the distal butt-end of the blade. The fragment has a pointed-oval to shallow lozenge shaped cross-section and all of the edges are worn. The fragment has an incomplete length of 38.6mm, maximum width of 35.1mm at approximately 20.6mm in from the butt-end and maximum thickness of 4.6mm. The butt-end is a relatively straight line with rounded corners and width of 29.5mm. The fragment's sides angle inwards, tapering towards, the now missing,…
Created on: Friday 21st December 2018
Last updated: Friday 25th January 2019
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Record ID: SF-E9C52D
Object type: DIRK
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Suffolk
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
An incomplete cast copper-alloy modified/shortened dirk dating to the Middle Bronze Age, c. 1500-1300 BC. This example falls into Burgess and Gerloff's group II, 'dirks with damaged or ill-formed blades modified for rehafting'. The dirk itself is missing the tip of its blade, but is otherwise preserved intact. Demonstrating a squared off thickened butt with two semi-circular notches (one on each face) cut into each side to facilitate hafting, The blade itself is lenticular in section with a broad, flattened midrib on each side. Preserved in fair condition with a patchy green patina dem…
Created on: Wednesday 28th November 2018
Last updated: Wednesday 19th December 2018
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Barnham', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SF-A9CCBF
Object type: DIRK
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Essex
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A fragment of a copper-alloy Bronze Age possible dirk/rapier dating to 1500-1200 BC. It has a sub-rectangular shape in plan and tapers towards one broken end. It has a flattened lozange-shaped cross-section in its middle part. On both faces there is a longitudinal median ridge flanked by the broken and tapered blade edges. The ridge stops at 17.43 mm to the flared and broken end and forks sideways; this end is flat and sub-rectangular in cross-section. The surfaces are heavily abraded and dotted. Cf Rowlands (1976, part 2, pl. 42, no. 1838 and pl. 43, unprov.) Length: 47.42 mm Widt…
Created on: Monday 20th August 2018
Last updated: Thursday 6th September 2018
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Birdbrook', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SF-EEACBB
Object type: DIRK
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Norfolk
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
An incomplete cast copper-alloy fragment probably originating from the tip of a Middle to Late Bronze Age dirk or rapier, dating c. 1550-1150 BC. It is triangular in plan and lozengiform in section, each side of the blade demonstrating a raised central rib. The fragment consists the very upper section of the blade, broken at its lower edge in an old irregular truncation and with the extreme tip missing due to an old break which has also bent part of the object sharply. Preserved with a dark brownish green patina with pitted surfaces, it survives to a length of 38.01mm, 11.47mm wide at …
Created on: Friday 18th May 2018
Last updated: Monday 22nd October 2018
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Bressingham', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: WILT-436942
Object type: DIRK
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Wiltshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A fragment of a cast copper alloy dirk or knife, dating from perhaps the Bronze Age c BC1500 - 800. The item consists of a short section of blade, slightly lenticular in cross section, and trapezoidal in form, with breaks at both ends. It is 34.09mm in length overall from break to break, widening from 20.30mm to 26.62mm c 10mm below, then tapering inwards over a length of 24.22mm to 19.79mm wide. It is 3.23mm thick. It is pierced with two drilled holes, one either side of the slightly raised central section and about halfway along the extant length. This was likely to attach a handle …
Created on: Monday 26th February 2018
Last updated: Tuesday 8th May 2018
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Marlborough', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: BERK-2C1328
Object type: DIRK
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Oxfordshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
An Early to Middle Bronze Age (1800 - 1400 BC) copper alloy dirk or dagger. Ogival blade expanded centrally. The butt is trapezoid in form with shoulders that curve inwards to the narrow blade. Two rivet holes to the bottom of either side would secure the hilt in place, both of which still retains its rivet; the rivet is 11.5mm long with a 7.4mm diameter and has a slightly expanded domed head at either terminal. The sides of the blade are straight and gradually taper to the point, running down the length of the blade on both sides is a very low central spine. Post depositional corrosio…
Created on: Tuesday 13th February 2018
Last updated: Tuesday 5th June 2018
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Record ID: DUR-88691D
Object type: DIRK
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: North Yorkshire
Workflow stage: Published Find published
Cast copper alloy dirk dating from the Middle Bronze Age, c. 1500-1300BC. Related to dirks with ill- or poorly defined butts or possible damaged butts (because of rehafting) (Burgess and Gerloff 1981, nos. 217-266). The dirk survives in good condition with an even olive green patina covering most of the surface. There are some patches of corrosion in the centres and towards the butt ends on both obverse and reverse and there is damage around the outside edges. The rivets are missing and there is considerable damage around the rivet holes. The olive patinated surface is smooth: the …
Created on: Friday 12th January 2018
Last updated: Tuesday 16th January 2018
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Dalton Parish area', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SUR-B671B3
Object type: DIRK
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Surrey
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A Middle Bronze Age copper-alloy rapier or dirk hilt fragment with patches of original surface surviving. The remains of two rivet holes survive only partially on the upper heavily worn and eroded external edge of the hilt. The hilt is broadly is trapezoidal in shape. The width of the blade at the break is 16.79mm and the measurement between the rivet holes is 25.89mm. There is no evidence of a raised or cast mid-rib to the blade The distinction between dirks and rapiers is difficult when the fragment is as small as this example - the main difference between a dirk and a rapier is …
Created on: Sunday 16th July 2017
Last updated: Wednesday 27th September 2017
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Record ID: HESH-06591C
Object type: DIRK
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Shropshire
Workflow stage: Published Find published
An incomplete cast copper alloy middle Bronze Age blade - probably a small dirk of Burgess & Gerloff Group II or Group III corresponding with the late Arreton to early Taunton range (1600-1350BC). This equates with a latest Early Bronze Age to early Middle Bronze Age date range and the likelihood is an Acton Park I or II of 1550-1400 BC. This corresponds best with Needham's (1996) Period 5, dated to 1500 - 1150BC. The dirk is incomplete being broken across the upper blade; this break is relatively fresh being unabraded and unpatinated. All the other external edges have also been e…
Created on: Tuesday 31st January 2017
Last updated: Monday 7th August 2017
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Hordley', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: LIN-E5872D
Object type: DIRK
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Lincolnshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A near complete copper alloy Middle Bronze Age dirk, dating to the period c. 1550-1350 BC. The trapezoidal hilt plate / butt end is damaged by movement in the plough zone; however, the remains of two rivet holes are discernible on the feathered external edge. A further slight notch is present on the exterior edge which may possibly suggest the handle was originally fixed with four rivets. The original mushroom rivets are all lost. The dirk is widest across the trapezoidal plate - below this the shoulders narrow to form the blade which is a flattened lozenge (lentoid) shape in cross se…
Created on: Tuesday 19th January 2016
Last updated: Monday 22nd February 2016
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Record ID: SF-885347
Object type: DIRK
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Suffolk
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A fragment of a middle Bronze Age dirk or rapier. Only the upper part of the blade and the lower part of the butt survive. The blade has a slightly rounded mid-section, curving outwards gently into flattened edges with no pronounced ridge, forming a rounded lozenge shape in cross-section. The shoulders are damaged and the original form of the butt is unclear, but the edges of two circular holes for attaching the hilt can be seen in the break. The object is highly corroded with damage and pitting on both faces and around the edges, but the remains of a dark brown-orange patina can be s…
Created on: Tuesday 3rd November 2015
Last updated: Wednesday 9th March 2016
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Bacton', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: LVPL-55F121
Object type: DIRK
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Flintshire
Workflow stage: Published Find published
A copper alloy middle Bronze Age Group II dirk with a low butt (Cats 139-5) (Burgess & Gerloff 1981, 6). The object corresponds to late Arreton to early Taunton range (1600-1350BC). This equates with a latest Early Bronze Age to early Middle Bronze Age date range and the likelihood is an Acton Park I or II currency of 1550-1400 BC. The butt end of the object is damaged and the edge eroded. The butt end measures 48.05mm in width and is 2.50mm thick. Two large circular rivets remain in-situ and measures 8.13mm in diameter with hammered flattened ends. One side of one rivet is exposed…
Created on: Thursday 2nd July 2015
Last updated: Wednesday 4th October 2017
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Nercwys', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: WILT-676191
Object type: DIRK
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Wiltshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A fragment of a Middle or Late Bronze Age dirk or rapier dating to the period c. 1300 - 900 BC. The fragment consists only of part of the shoulders and the top of the blade. It measures 104.97mm in length, 35.07mm maximum width, 11.22mm minimum width, is 4.34mm thick and weighs 46.81g. The fragment is sub-triangular in plan and rectangular in section. The shoulders are rounded and narrow into the rectangular blade. The fragment is badly damaged on all sides by a series of old breaks and is covered in brown and green corrosion products.
Created on: Friday 4th July 2014
Last updated: Tuesday 19th August 2014
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Salisbury', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: KENT-F3A08E
Object type: DIRK
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Kent
Workflow stage: Published Find published
A Middle Bronze Age copper alloy dirk (1500-1150 BC). Sub-triangular dirk, with sides tapering to a rounded tip, which was likely broken in antiquity. Both faces have a central mid-rib, with a rounded butt and two sub-circular rivet holes, lozenge in section. The object is likely a Group IV blade, with a comparable example no.864 from Undley, Suffolk (Burgess and Gerloff 1981, Plate 107). Length: 60.1 mm, Width: 24.3 mm, Thickness: 2.5 mm, Weight: 9.37 g.
Created on: Wednesday 4th June 2014
Last updated: Friday 27th March 2015
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'West Peckham', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: NMS-301E17
Object type: DIRK
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Norfolk
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Middle Bronze Age copper alloy dirk with a notched butt, complete apart from a small part in the centre of the proximal end of the butt (an old break) and numerous fragments of the cutting edges, lost both in antiquity and recently. The patination is a rich dark brown. Length 179mm. Width 37.8mm. Thickness 5.5mm. Weight 89.24g. Burgess and Gerloff 1981, Group IV, Type Cutts, Variant Kilrea. Penard Phase, c.1275 to c.1140 BC. This is the first recorded example from Norfolk. (field JB1)
Created on: Monday 26th May 2014
Last updated: Tuesday 5th July 2016
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Record ID: LVPL-34E545
Object type: DIRK
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Cheshire West and Chester
Workflow stage: Published Find published
Two fragments of a cast dirk or rapier dating to the Middle Bronze Age (c.1500/1400-1150 cal. BC). Descriptive catalogue Copper alloy dagger or rapier fragment. Sub-triangular shaped fragment; sides taper to a point, lozenge in section, with a central rib on both faces. The implement has been broken in antiquity; the entire object is covered with a dark green patina, with mounds and pits of corrosion. Weight: 14.6 g; Dimensions: Max Length: 45 mm, Max Width: 18 mm, Max Thickness: 5 mm. Copper alloy dirk or rapier fragment. Sub-lozenge shaped fragment, lozenge in section, w…
Created on: Tuesday 18th February 2014
Last updated: Wednesday 6th December 2017
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Kelsall', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: NMS-070192
Object type: DIRK
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Hertfordshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Fragment of a Middle Bronze Age copper alloy Dirk. The blade of the Dirk has a sub lozengiform cross section, raised central rib and bevelled edges, burnished with fine longitudinal striations. Weights 10.52g. Surviving length 60.5mm. Surviving width (at break) 21mm. Thickness at break 4mm.
Created on: Tuesday 17th December 2013
Last updated: Tuesday 22nd September 2015
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Record ID: NMS-C7EEF3
Object type: DIRK
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Norfolk
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Middle Bronze Age ceremonial dirk, the second recorded from Norfolk. The first was recovered from Oxborough in 1988 found point down in peaty deposits (Needham 1990; Collins 2013, 52). The landowner was said to have observed the second dirk being ploughed up, it then remained in the farm office for some years, occasionally being used to prop the door open. It was suggested that the object could be old and was then bought to Gressenhall for identification, causing more than a little surprise to the FLO and other staff of the finds department. Previous writers have indicated the d…
Created on: Friday 22nd March 2013
Last updated: Sunday 11th February 2018
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'East Rudham', grid reference and parish protected.


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