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from Skye

Postcard of Spearhead.
© National Museums Scotland


This bronze spearhead was found on Skye. It dates from around 950 to 750 BC.

The long leaf-shaped spearhead is curved from its socket to its point. It has rivet holes in the socket for attaching to the shaft.

The development of two piece moulds allowed the manufacture of socketed tools and weapons. Few moulds have been found, but workshops have rarely been excavated. Clay moulds were probably the most common, but since they can only be used once, they were discarded after casting.

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Online ID: 000-100-104-079-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  X.DG 34
Date: 950 - 750 BC
Between 950 and 750 BC
Material: Bronze; curved from socket to point
Dimensions: 6.5" L
Where: Scotland, Inverness-shire, Skye
Description: Bronze spearhead from Skye, Inverness-shire, 950 - 750 BC
  • 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. p 78. 
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