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    Bronze Age Dagger Blade - Rapier or Dirk - 1200 BC

    Hi All,
    Got a few hours out yesterday afternoon visiting the 'Bronze Age' farm again.
    After a very quiet start (only a couple of buttons in the 1st hour) a few 'recent' coins showed up - George V 1921 Florin, George VI Sixpence, etc and then this as I walked up the slope:
    Bronze Age Dagger blade - Rapier or Dirk - around 1200 BC:
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    [youtube=425,350]TasD7BBaMMo[/youtube]

    Quite possibly a votive deposit rather than it having been lost.

    13cm in length, 4cm at widest part tapering to 1cm - wafer thin probably only about 3mm down central rib sloping down to nothing at the sides - weighs around 50g.

    It would have had 'rivets' at the butt end attaching it to a bone or horn handle - A thrusting weapon.

    A nice few hours in the sun rewarded also with £2.01 modern money towards the cold beer fund!
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    There's 2 more fields just been cut - hoping to get back on there next week.





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    Re: Bronze Age Dagger Blade - Rapier or Dirk - 1200 BC

    that blade is a killer find!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! MR TUFF
    oldest dug 1784 half real, 1831 William IIII. 1844 1/6 Skilling. 1834,51,54,72,76cc,77,84-87,89,92,93o,94o,96,97-99o,1900o-11,13 Dimes. 1854,56,76s,94,99,1902,06,09d,11,15s Qtrs. 1864,65 2cent. 79,83cc Morgan. 1867,68,69,70,75,82,87,88,90,91,93,95,97,98,1900,0 2,04-09,11,12d Nickles. 1848,56,59,61,63-69,73-75,81-85-09 Cent.

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    Re: Bronze Age Dagger Blade - Rapier or Dirk - 1200 BC

    Nice find bud! Not too many people can say they've dug a dirk that old



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    Re: Bronze Age Dagger Blade - Rapier or Dirk - 1200 BC

    Fantastic. It is a Dirk or maybe have you considered spear point. The rapier was the dueling sword the Dirk the dagger so to speak. Man that is just a great find. Very thin and still looks sharp. I think that is a very rare find.
    Congratulations sir !!
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    Re: Bronze Age Dagger Blade - Rapier or Dirk - 1200 BC

    WOW.... sweet find.. banner vote bud...great job.

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    Re: Bronze Age Dagger Blade - Rapier or Dirk - 1200 BC

    Ditto to ALL the positive remarks, WOW what a great find congratulations amigo! I would have likely broken my neck trying to do a backflip if I ever found something like that! I am voting BANNER!
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    Re: Bronze Age Dagger Blade - Rapier or Dirk - 1200 BC

    Quote Originally Posted by TnMountains
    Fantastic. It is a Dirk or maybe have you considered spear point. The rapier was the dueling sword the Dirk the dagger so to speak. Man that is just a great find. Very thin and still looks sharp. I think that is a very rare find.
    Congratulations sir !!
    TnMtns
    I thought it was a 'Spear Point' at first, yes (not dug one before.. perhaps I will though here) and we all thought it could be back at the farm, It wasn't until I got back home to my books that I could rule Bronze Age Spear out as these were 'Socketed' for the shaft to fit in to. The 2 'rivet' holes (remains of) gave it away.
    Since had confirmation from the museum that it is a Dirk (they'll have it off me next month). Also mentioned that items like this were not usually lost but placed as a votive offering, there are some burial mounds not too far from this field.... Could be digging a body up next.. oh dear!

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    Re: Bronze Age Dagger Blade - Rapier or Dirk - 1200 BC

    Quote Originally Posted by Mr Tuff
    that blade is a killer find!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! MR TUFF
    "Killer Find" indeed - I wonder how many it has been used to kill by its previous owner.

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    Re: Bronze Age Dagger Blade - Rapier or Dirk - 1200 BC

    awesome blade

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    Re: Bronze Age Dagger Blade - Rapier or Dirk - 1200 BC

    Something Dad & I are yet to find, maybe never will, my Banner votes in

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    Re: Bronze Age Dagger Blade - Rapier or Dirk - 1200 BC

    Quote Originally Posted by CRUSADER
    ...I will say it again, for a recently joined member to the hobby, your on fire ...
    Thanks Crusader... More than just a hobby, its become an obsession! The Grand Piano in the corner of the room can't be seen anymore, it's now become a table for pots of finds, books, maps, internet print-outs, horns, skulls etc.. Looking more like a science museum every day. Have recently bought a SEF coil for my etrac 15" x 18" - I don't use it all of the time but on the old pasture fields its picked up things that my normal coil hasn't - still waiting for that gold coin though!

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    Re: Bronze Age Dagger Blade - Rapier or Dirk - 1200 BC

    excellent find, as far as weapons the only to be older is stone incredible Banner for sure !! Dd60

    If Mother Earth give,s us precious metals like gold silver copper and iron why leave them in the ground to disappear forever , dig them out and save History !!

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    Re: Bronze Age Dagger Blade - Rapier or Dirk - 1200 BC

    Gosh! I made the banner.. Yippee
    Just been given 2 new fields to go in in the next village too - what a lovely day x

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    Re: Bronze Age Dagger Blade - Rapier or Dirk - 1200 BC

    Quote Originally Posted by DavidBeard
    Gosh! I made the banner.. Yippee
    Just been given 2 new fields to go in in the next village too - what a lovely day x
    Congrats on the Banner well deserved Dd60
    If Mother Earth give,s us precious metals like gold silver copper and iron why leave them in the ground to disappear forever , dig them out and save History !!

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    Re: Bronze Age Dagger Blade - Rapier or Dirk - 1200 BC

    Good eyes Dave, way to keep your eyes on the ground! Enjoyed your video as well.
    Congratulations on making the Banner too
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