MHG12628 - Bronze Chisel - Loch Loyal


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Type and Period (1)

  • FINDSPOT (Early Bronze Age to Late Iron Age - 2400 BC to 560 AD)

Protected Status

  • None recorded

Full Description

A bronze chisel or punch was found in 1880 near the north end of Loch Laoghal (NC 62 50), about half a mile from the loch and close to NC65SW 7, and was exhibited to the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland in 1894 by Dr J H W Laing. It is 3 3/4 ins long and half an inch square in cross-section at the upper end, tapering gradually to a rather blunt chisel-point of nearly the full width of the implement. Analysis indicated the presence of zinc in the alloy which suggeted to Anderson that it was late and he suggests a possible Early Iron Age date.
J Anderson 1894; Information contained in letter from Dr J H W Laing, Dundee, to SAS, 1894.

Listed under Acc. No. DO 53 in the NMS catalogue. The amount of zinc in the alloy has been identified as low, and it is possible that it was a result of an impurity in the ore than a deliberate alloy. A Bronze Age or Iron Age date is therefore suggested for this object. <1>

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Grid reference Centred NC 6200 5000 (4m by 4m) (2 map features)
Map sheet NC65SW
Geographical Area SUTHERLAND
Civil Parish TONGUE

Finds (1)

  • CHISEL (Early Bronze Age to Late Iron Age - 2400 BC to 560 AD)

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