Sword of bronze

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From near Graham's Dyke, Carriden

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Sword of bronze

This bronze sword was found near Carriden in West Lothian. It was a prestigious item, used some time between 950 and 750 BC.

Sword of bronze, leaf-shaped, from Carriden, West Lothian, between 950 and 750 BC

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: 000-100-102-425-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  X.DL 1
Date: between 950 and 750 BC
Material: Bronze; leaf-shaped; with modern bronze handle plates riveted with iron
Dimensions: 25.50" L
What: Sword
Where: Scotland, West Lothian, Bo'ness and Carriden, Carriden, Graham's Dyke
  • 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. pp 29-30, 86. 
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