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from Turnercleuch Law, Yarrow, Selkirkshire

Postcard of Dirk.
© National Museums Scotland


Early dirks were lethal stabbing weapons. This bronze example was found at Turnercleuch Law near Yarrow in Selkirkshire. It dates from between 1400 and 1250 BC.

The long dirk has a central rib. There are two notches or broken rivet holes on the butt.

Daggers and spears were used both for warfare and for hunting. Over time, however, through improving metal technology, more efficient weapons were made. Dirks are generally more robust and larger than the earlier Bronze Age daggers they developed from.

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Online ID: 000-100-188-285-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  X.DJ 33
Date: Between 1400 and 1250 BC
Material: Bronze
Dimensions: 8.75" L
What: Dagger
Where: Scotland, Selkirkshire, Yarrow, Berrybush, Turnercleuch Law
Description: Bronze dagger from Turnercleuch Law, Yarrow, Selkirkshire
  • Coles, J.M. Scottish Middle Bronze Age Metalwork. Proceedings of the Society of Antiquities of Scotland, 97 (1963-64), pp 82-156, esp. 111-4, 146. 
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