Spearhead of bronze

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From Lordscarnie, Fife

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Spearhead of bronze

This bronze spearhead was found at Lordscarnie in Fife. It was a prestige item, designed to proclaim social status rather than to be used as a practical weapon. The spearhead dates from between 1150 and 750 BC.

The spearhead is one of a type known as a 'massive' spearhead. The tip is broken, and the blade chipped in places.

The use of ostentatiously 'bigger and better' weapons and tools was an important way of emphasising status during the Bronze Age.

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Online ID: 000-100-034-326-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  X.DG 48
Date: Between 1150 and 750 BC
Material: Bronze; leaf-shaped; with two holes in lower portion of blade
Dimensions: 22.25" L
What: Spearhead
Where: Scotland, Fife, Lordscarnie
Description: Massive bronze long lunate spearhead, from Lordscarnie, Fife
  • Coles, John M. Scottish late Bronze Age metalwork: typology, distributions and chronology. Proceedings of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland, 93 (1959-1960), pp 16-134, esp. pp 18, 78. 
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