Ceramic urn and a bronze blade

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From Shuttlefield, Lockerbie, Dumfriesshire

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Ceramic urn and a bronze blade

This ceramic urn was buried with cremated remains and the small bronze blade at Shuttlefield at Lockerbie in Dumfriesshire. The burial dates from sometime between 1500 and 1200 BC.

The lower part of the urn has been restored. The leaf-shaped blade has a midrib on each face and a tanged end. It is slightly damaged.

By around 1750 BC, in mainland Scotland, cremation had become the favoured funerary custom. Grave goods were rare, and generally modest. Sometimes, as here, they were kept separate from the pyre, but in other cases they were burnt with the body.

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Online ID: 000-100-035-687-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  X.EQ 72
Date: Between 1500 and 1200 BC
Material: Bronze; leaf-shaped; midrib on each face; tanged end; slightly imperfect
Ceramic; upper portion
Dimensions: 10.00" D
2.81" L
What: Blade
Pottery / urn / portion
Where: Scotland, Dumfriesshire, Lockerbie, Shuttlefield
Scotland, Dumfriesshire, Lockerbie, Shuttlefield
Description: Upper portion of an urn from Shuttlefield, Lockerbie
Leaf-shaped bronze blade with midrib on each face, from Shuttlefield, Lockerbie
  • Coles, J.M. Scottish Middle Bronze Age Metalwork. Proceedings of the Society of Antiquities of Scotland, 97 (1963-64), pp 120-1, 148. 
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