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The Iron Age


Bargany Scabbard and Sword

Iron Age

Decorated bronze sword scabbard containing an iron sword from Bargany, Girvan, Ayrshire, 200 - 100 BC.


Only the scabbard is visible; the top of the sword is lost and the rest is corroded within the scabbard. The tip of the scabbard is decorated; its style has links to Irish scabbards, showing connections between craft-workers at this time. It was found in a peat bog, and had been bent before being deposited. This valuable object was probably offered as a gift to the gods in what was seen as a sacred place. On loan to the National Museums Scotland from Fife Council Museums.

Bronze, iron
National Museums Scotland
Accession number:
IL.2002.83.1 & IL.2002.83.2
Digital Number:
Creation Date:
200 - 100 BC
Board of Trustees, National Museums Scotland