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from Craigielee, Perthshire

Postcard of Spearhead.
© National Museums Scotland


This bronze spearhead was found at Craigielee in Perthshire. It dates from between 1500 and 1150 BC.

The spearhead has a kite-shaped blade and projecting loops on the socket. The form is common in Ireland, and examples in Scotland may be imports.

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: 000-100-034-333-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  X.DG 57
Date: Between 1500 and 1150 BC
Middle Bronze Age
Material: Bronze; with projecting loops
Dimensions: 4.88" L
Who: Sturrock Collection
Where: Scotland, Perthshire, Craigie, Craigielee
Description: Middle Bronze Age spearhead with projecting loops, from Craigielee, Perthshire
  • Coles, J.M. Scottish Middle Bronze Age Metalwork. Proceedings of the Society of Antiquities of Scotland, 97 (1963-64), pp 82-156, esp. 103-11, 143. 
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