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from Eastertoun, Stracathro, Angus

Postcard of Sword.
© National Museums Scotland


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

The leaf-shaped sword has rivet hole in each wing to secure a handle. The hilt has broken off.

The north-east of Scotland may have been a centre of production for swords in the late Bronze Age. 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: 000-100-034-396-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  X.DL 17
Date: Between 950 and 750 BC
Late Bronze Age
Material: Bronze; leaf-shaped; hilt broken off; rivet hole in each wing
Dimensions: 14.13" L
Where: Scotland, Angus, Stracathro, Eastertoun
Description: Late Bronze Age leaf-shaped sword from Eastertoun, Stracathro, 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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