Bronze objects found in a hoard

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From Point of Sleat, Skye

Postcard of Bronze objects found in a hoard.
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Bronze objects found in a hoard

This woodworker's knife, pin, sword, and two spearheads, all of bronze, were found with several pieces of oak board. The hoard was buried in the peat at Point of Sleat on Skye sometime between 950 and 750 BC.

The cup-headed pin and curved knife are Irish types. The knife may have been made from the same mould as a similar one found in a hoard at Cullerne in Moray. None of the objects in the hoard have been used.

The objects in this hoard may have been made in Ireland, or perhaps by an Irish smith in Scotland. The mint condition of the objects suggests that they were probably offerings to the gods.

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Online ID: 000-100-034-430-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  X.DO 9
Date: Between 950 and 750 BC
Material: Bronze; curved; of very rare form
What: Implement
Where: Scotland, Inverness-shire, Skye, Point of Sleat
Description: Curved bronze implement of very rare form, found with a sword, spearheads and bronze pins at Point of Sleat, Skye
  • Coles, John M. Scottish late Bronze Age metalwork: typology, distributions and chronology. Proceedings of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland, 93 (1959-1960), 16-134, esp. pp 46, 111-2. 
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