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from Mey, Caithness

Postcard of Sword.
© National Museums Scotland


This bronze sword was found at Mey in Caithness. It was a prestigious possession, used sometime between 950 and 750 BC.

The leaf-shaped sword has four rivet holes, with three rivets preserved.

Technological advances in bronze casting in the late Bronze Age resulted in new and better weapons. Long slashing swords became popular in the early 1st millennium BC. They could be used on foot or from horseback, and were prestigious weapons.

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Online ID: 000-100-034-415-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  X.DL 50
Date: Between 950 and 750 BC
Late Bronze Age
Material: Bronze; leaf-shaped; with four rivet holes and three rivets in situ
Dimensions: 19.00" L
Where: Scotland, Caithness, Canisbay, Mey
Description: Late Bronze Age leaf-shaped sword from Mey, Caithness
  • 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. 83. 
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