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Record ID: NMGW3162
Object type: BLADE
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: West Berkshire
Workflow stage: Published Find published
Cast copper alloy leaf-shaped two-edged blade (length 63mm, width 19mm, thickness 2mm, weight 7.9 grams).The edges are slightly bevelled and the blade has a very slight but relatively wide midrib. One end of the blade apparently tapers into a tang which is now largely missing. The blade is in poor condition, its tip is bent and its edges are badly damaged and notched. This damage makes it difficult to evaluate whether the apparent tang is a genuine feature or simply a fortuitous break. The blade may possibly be an example of a rare type of Early to Middle Bronze Age knife known as a Cl…
Created on: Tuesday 29th May 2001
Last updated: Thursday 24th February 2011
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Record ID: NMGW-E2D6C3
Object type: BLADE
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: the Vale of Glamorgan
Workflow stage: Published Find published
Two co-joining blade fragments from a sword of Bronze Age date. None of the diagnostic features are present on the blade fragments, but the sword is likely to be a Ewart Park type sword of the Ewart Park metalworking tradition, c. 950 - 750BC. The sword blade is leaf-shaped and is widest at the centre of the fragment. The combined fragments (c. 300mm) probably represent a little over three quarters of the original blade length and approximately half the original length of the sword. The blade has a low lozenge shaped section, with a rounded mid-section and slightly concave outer secti…
Created on: Wednesday 19th January 2005
Last updated: Thursday 17th August 2017
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Record ID: NMGW-820896
Object type: BLADE
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Wiltshire
Workflow stage: Published Find published
Blade fragment from a Bronze Age edged implement, probably of Middle Bronze Age date, c. 1500-1000BC. The implement is represented by the top of the blade and the beginning of the handle, but has broken at both ends and has a surviving length of 30.5mm. No rivet holes are evident at the top and much of the peripheries have been lost. The fragment has a maximum width at the end of the blade of 17.5mm. It is possible that the implement has broken across the rivet holes. The handle end thins towards the break. The blade is defined by blade edges either side of a poorly defined and rounde…
Created on: Thursday 9th June 2005
Last updated: Tuesday 21st November 2017
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Record ID: NMGW-7621D3
Object type: BLADE
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Conwy
Workflow stage: Published Find published
Bronze Age copper alloy blade fragment from an uncertain artefact. The implement is incomplete and has broken in antiquity before the blade and has a surviving length of 54.6mm. The piece has been cast in a simple one-piece mould and has undergone no further finishing. At the break the piece has a width of 16.4mm. The sides are curved and diverge sharply to define an expanded blade with a crescentic edge. The implement is flat with a thickness at the break of 4.2mm and 3.2mm at the blade, and weighs 40.1g. Both faces are irregular as would be expected, given that the piece is from …
Created on: Thursday 20th October 2005
Last updated: Wednesday 30th August 2017
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Record ID: NMGW-FE5523
Object type: BLADE
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Monmouthshire
Workflow stage: Published Find published
Bronze Age sword blade fragment of uncertain type, probably of Late Bronze Age date, possibly of Wilburton or Ewart Park metalworking Industry of Needham's (1996)[1] Periods 4-5, dated to c. 1150 - 750BC. The sword is fragmentary, represented by a blade fragment, broken at both ends in antiquity (with a surviving length of 22.3mm and a weight of 16.7g). The blade has a midrib (11mm wide and giving a maximum thickness of 8.0mm), flanked on each side by a concave section to the blade edge. The blade edges have been lost but the beginnings of the blade edge facets are evident on both …
Created on: Thursday 16th October 2014
Last updated: Tuesday 19th September 2017
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Record ID: NMGW-35639F
Object type: BLADE
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Monmouthshire
Workflow stage: Published Find published
Bronze Age sword blade fragment of uncertain type, probably of Late Bronze Age date, possibly of Wilburton or Ewart Park metalworking Industry of Needham's (1996)[1] Periods 4-5, dated to c. 1150 - 750BC. The sword is fragmentary, represented by a blade fragment, broken at both ends in antiquity (with a surviving length of 42.2mm and a weight of 22.7g). The blade has no clearly defined midrib but has near straight faces gradually diverging towards the rounded central ridge (giving a consistent thickness of 5.7mm) of lenticular section. Both blade edges have been lost and only a ver…
Created on: Monday 24th November 2014
Last updated: Tuesday 19th September 2017
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Record ID: NMGW-DE801C
Object type: BLADE
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: the Vale of Glamorgan
Workflow stage: Published Find published
Possible blade fragment of Bronze Age date The blade is fragmentary (with a surviving length of 24.7mm and a weight of 5.1 g) and appears to represent a fragment from the apex of the blade and beginning of the hilt. The suggested hilt part is wider and marginally thinner (with a maximum surviving width of 22.8mm and a thickness of 2.0mm). The blade edge does not survive on either side (with a minimum surviving width of 15.5mm, where it has a thickness of 2.8mm). A sub-circular notch may possibly be the remains of a rivet attachment hole. However, only one face only has a midrib (1…
Created on: Tuesday 2nd December 2014
Last updated: Tuesday 19th September 2017
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Record ID: NMGW-F0B7C3
Object type: BLADE
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Swansea
Workflow stage: Published Find published
Middle Bronze Age bronze blade, possibly a dirk of Group II or III blade with a damaged butt The dirk is incomplete with some peripheral damage to the butt and upper part of the blade (with a length of 135.2mm and a weight of 32.6 g). The top edge of the butt is damaged and irregular, with a number of arcs, possibly related to rivet holes but none of which may now be identified with any certainty. The dirk is thinnest at the butt (with a thickness of 0.8mm) and is widest across the eroded shoulders (with a surviving width of 38.7mm). The original form of the hilt is now uncertain…
Created on: Thursday 26th February 2015
Last updated: Monday 2nd October 2017
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Record ID: NMGW-709985
Object type: BLADE
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Swansea
Workflow stage: Published Find published
Middle Bronze Age bronze blade, possibly a dirk of Group II blade with a damaged butt. The dirk is incomplete with some peripheral damage to the butt and some distortion (with a length of 131.4mm and a weight of 19.7g). The shoulders are eroded but are probably close to their original width (with a surviving width of 39.2mm). The original form of the hilt is now uncertain and there are no definitive arcs from rivet holes present along the edges although it is possible to suggest an arc at the apex, towards the more complete shoulder side. The butt is thinned (with a thickness at th…
Created on: Wednesday 4th March 2015
Last updated: Monday 2nd October 2017
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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: NMGW-872F95
Object type: BLADE
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Flintshire
Workflow stage: Published Find published
Bronze Age bronze blade. The blade is incomplete and fragmentary, in two pieces (the upper fragment has a length and weight of 75.2mm and 25.2g respectively, the lower part is similarly 39.6mm and 8.5g, with a combined dimensions of 110.9mm and 33.7g). The butt or hilt is missing with no evidence for rivet holes or a tang but the top of the blade does not appear to be widening (with a width of 17.2mm). The blade has a prominent rounded midrib of consistent width and thickness (of 4.0mm width and 4.0mm thick). The original blade edges have been lost but the surviving edge is compa…
Created on: Thursday 5th March 2015
Last updated: Thursday 5th October 2017
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