Knight, Matthew G (2019) Going to pieces: investigating the deliberate destruction of Late Bronze Age swords and spearheads. Proceedings of the Prehistoric Society, 85. pp. 251-272. ISSN 0965-1381

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The deliberate destruction of Late Bronze Age swords and spearheads has been widely recognised across Europe. This observation has typically relied on the obvious nature of the destruction, such as the bending of blades or the crushing of sockets, and the association of multiple broken pieces. These obvious acts have been used to interpret the material in sacred or profane terms without due consideration of how the objects were destroyed. This paper presents experimental research exploring how swords and spearheads may have been intentionally damaged in the Bronze Age. The results of these experiments are compared with artefacts from across Britain, making it possible to better identify and analyse deliberately destroyed objects. A series of implications for how one may more accurately interpret the wider archaeological record is presented.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Fragmentation; experimental archaeology; Bronze Age metalwork; swords; spearheads
Subjects: C Auxiliary Sciences of History > CC Archaeology
D History General and Old World > D History (General) > D051 Ancient History
D History General and Old World > D History (General) > D901 Europe (General)
D History General and Old World > DA Great Britain
T Technology > T Technology (General)
Theme: Material culture: creation and use
Department: Scottish History and Archaeology (from 2012)
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Depositing User: Ross Anderson
Date Deposited: 22 Jan 2020 10:15
Last Modified: 22 Jan 2020 10:15

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