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from Cauldhame, Angus Cauldhaum

Postcard of Sword.
© National Museums Scotland


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

The leaf-shaped sword has two rivet holes in each wing and three in the hilt plate, one still preserving a rivet, to secure a handle. The point of the blade and the pommel end of the handle are missing.

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: 000-100-034-393-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  X.DL 10
Date: Between 950 and 750 BC
Material: Bronze; leaf-shaped; point of the blade and pommel end of handle imperfect; two rivet holes in each wing and three in hilt plate, one with rivet
Dimensions: 23.63" L
Where: Scotland, Angus, Brechin, Cauldhame
Description: Bronze leaf-shaped sword, from Cauldhame, Angus
  • 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. 82. 
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