Spearhead of bronze

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From Denhead, Perthshire

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Spearhead of bronze

This bronze spearhead is from Denhead in Perthshire. It was a prestige item, designed to proclaim social status rather than to be used as a practical weapon. The spearhead dates from between 1150 and 750 BC.

The spearhead is one of a type known as a 'massive' spearhead. It has half-moon perforations in the blade. The spearhead is broken near of these openings.

The use of ostentatiously 'bigger and better' weapons and tools was an important way of emphasising status during the Bronze Age.

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Online ID: 000-100-034-306-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  X.DG 1
Date: Between 1150 and 750 BC
Material: Bronze; with segmental and circular openings in the blade
Dimensions: 19.00" L
What: Spearhead
Where: Scotland, Perthshire, Coupar Angus, Denhead
Description: Massive bronze lunate spearhead from Denhead, Perthshire
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