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found at Carlingwark Loch, Kirkcudbrightshire

Postcard of Sword.
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This bronze sword was found in Carlingwark Loch in Kirkcudbrightshire. It was probably deliberately broken and deposited as a gift to the gods, sometime between 950 and 750 BC.

The point of the sword is broken off. There are three rivet holes in each wing, four of them imperfectly cast and not broken through, and three in the hilt plate.

Carlingwark Loch may have been a ritual site over a long period. The treatment of this sword is paralleled in other metalwork hoards of the period. Later, in the early centuries AD, a large hoard of Roman and native metalwork was deposited in the loch.

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Online ID: 000-100-034-402-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  X.DL 26
Date: Between 950 and 750 BC
Material: Bronze; leaf-shaped; point broken off; three rivet holes in each wing, four of which are imperfectly cast and imperforate, and three in hilt plate
Dimensions: 20.25" L
Where: Scotland, Kirkcudbrightshire, Carlingwark Loch
Description: Bronze leaf-shaped sword from Carlingwark Loch, Kirkcudbrightshire
  • Coles, John M. Scottish late Bronze Age metalwork: typology, distributions and chronology. Proceedings of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland, 93 (1959-1960), 16-134, esp. p 84. 
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