Spearhead of bronze

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From Highfield, near Dingwall, Ross and Cromarty

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Spearhead of bronze

This bronze spearhead was found in a cairn at Highfield near Dingwall in Ross and Cromarty, in a hoard with two spearheads and four axeheads. It was a prestige item as well as a practical weapon.

The spearhead has a leaf-shaped blade and is incomplete. It is a normal-sized spearhead, designed for use mainly as a thrusting weapon, though it could also have been thrown.

Spears, together with swords and shields, were an important part of the Late Bronze Age aristocratic warrior's gear.

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Online ID: 000-100-034-522-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  X.DQ 87
Date: Between 950 and 750 BC
Late Bronze Age
Material: Bronze; imperfect
Dimensions: 7.50" L
What: Spearhead
Where: Scotland, Ross and Cromarty, Dingwall, Highfield
Description: Late Bronze Age spearhead from a cairn at Highfield, near Dingwall, Ross and Cromarty
  • 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 128-9. 
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