Daggers and dagger hilt mount

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From Collessie, Fife; Drumlanrick, near Callander, Perthshire; Crawford Moor, Lanarkshire

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Daggers and dagger hilt mount

The bronze dagger with gold hilt mount pictured on the left was found at Collessie in Fife. The bronze dagger shown in the middle was found at Drumlanrick near Callander in Perthshire. The flint dagger was found at Crawford Moor in Lanarkshire.

The blade from Collessie is damaged, but when complete with its gold hilt, would have been an impressive weapon. The Crawford Moor dagger is a flint copy of a tanged copper dagger.

The use of ostentatiously 'bigger and better' weapons and tools, or ones with precious metal fittings, was an important way of emphasising status during the Bronze Age.

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Online ID: 000-100-035-676-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  X.EQ 53
Date: Bronze daggers: between 2200 and 1960 BC; dagger on right: 2500-2000 BC
Material: Bronze
Bronze; tapering; with rivets
Flint, mottled grey
Dimensions: 4.50" L
6.85" x 2.10"
What: Blade
Hilt mount, dagger
Who: Grierson Collection, Thornhill Museum
Mrs W. Harkness (Gave object To Dr Grierson)
Where: Scotland, Fife, Collessie
Scotland, Fife, Collessie
Scotland, Lanarkshire, Crawford, Glenochar
Scotland, Perthshire, Callander, Drumlanrick
Description: Bifacial dagger of mottled grey flint copying tanged copper dagger, from Glenochar, Crawford Moor, Lanarkshire
Tapering bronze blade with rivets, from a cist at Drumlanrick
Bronze dagger found among burnt bones in the gravel under the base of a cairn at Collessie, Fife
Gold dagger hilt mount from Collessie, Fife
  • Coles, John M. Scottish Early Bronze Age metalwork. Proceedings of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland, 101 (1968-9), 1-110, esp. pp 42-50, 90. 
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