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The Bronze Age

Hunting & Warfare

Ballintober-type sword

Period:
Bronze Age
Description:

This sword was deliberately broken and thrown into an area of marsh or bog, probably as an offering to the gods.  Ritual deposits of Bronze Age metalwork are common in Scotland.  The shape and design of this sword show that it was made in Ireland.  Interestingly, the place where it was ritually buried - the northern tip of the Rhinns of Galloway - is within sight of the Irish coast.

 

Bronze sword in three parts, badly eroded.  Bends at the junctions between the breaks indicate a deliberate breakage.  The handle has a trapezoidal tang with traces of four notches for attaching bone or wooden handle plates.

Place of Production:
Ireland
Place of Discovery:
Ballintober
Materials/Media:
copper alloy
Dimensions:
length 53mm
Source:
Stranraer Museum
Accession number:
WIWMS 2002.23
Digital Number:
SRAM001n
Copyright:
Dumfries & Galloway Council