Sword, bronze, from Edinburgh

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Sword, bronze, from Edinburgh

This bronze sword was found when excavating an old house in Edinburgh. It dates from between 950 and 750 BC.

The sword has a long blade for slashing. There are rivet holes on the grip to secure an organic handle. Each shoulder also has unperforated depressions representing unfinished rivet holes.

Technological advances in bronze casting in the late Bronze Age resulted in new and better weapons.

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Online ID: 000-100-034-414-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  X.DL 49
Date: Between 950 and 750 BC
Late Bronze Age
Material: Bronze; leaf-shaped; with five rivet holes
Dimensions: 17.75" L
What: Sword
Where: Scotland, Midlothian, Edinburgh
Description: Late Bronze Age leaf-shaped sword found in excavating a house in Edinburgh, Midlothian
  • Coles, J.M. 'Scottish Late Bronze Age Metalwork: Typology, Distributions and Chronology'. Proceedings of the Society of Antiquities of Scotland. 93 (1959-60), p 84 
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