MHG1238 - Bronze Palstave - Upper Dounreay


Findspot of Bronze Age Palstave.

Type and Period (1)

  • FINDSPOT (Bronze Age - 2400 BC to 551 BC)

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Full Description

A Middle Bronze Age palstave(J M Coles 1966), 5 9/16ins long by 2 3/4ins across the cutting edge, found in a field during agricultural operations on Upper Dounreay (name: ND 003 657), not far from the (chambered) cairns on Cnoc Freiceadain (ND06NW 10 & 11: ND 012 653), was purchased by the NMAS in 1935 (Acc No: DC 120).
J M Coles 1966; Proc Soc Antiq Scot 1936.

(South-western palstave). Single find. Palstave, corroded and pitted, cleaned but probably originally green, undercut stop; length 140mm, butt 25mm, stop-height 7mm, cutting edge 70mm, weight 425 gms.
P K Schmidt and C B Burgess 1981.

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Grid reference Centred ND 0120 6530 (4m by 4m) (2 map features)
Map sheet ND06NW
Civil Parish REAY
Geographical Area CAITHNESS

Finds (1)

  • PALSTAVE (Bronze Age - 2400 BC to 551 BC)

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