MHG13874 - BA swords - Skye
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Type and Period (1)
- FINDSPOT (Bronze Age - 2400 BC to 551 BC)
- None recorded
Two bronze leaf-shaped swords, one 26ins long, the other 22ins long with round, hollow pommel, listed from Skye without further information or exact provenance. The first noted is in the National Museum of Antiquities of Scotland (NMAS, Accession no DL 36).
RCAHMS 1928; Proc Soc Antiq Scot 1879; 1880; T Pennant 1809; J M Coles 1962.
589. (Ewart Park type - Caledonian step 2). Complete sword, but with part of hilt missing, length 66.6cm, shoulder width 6cm, maximum blade width 5.1cm; rivets 2 : 2, none in situ. Sword now lost.
596. (Ewart Park type - Caledonian unclassified). Sword blade, length 41cm, maximum blade width 5cm, dark brown patina. NMAS DL 36.
599. (Ewart Park type - Caledonian unclassified). Sword, length about 70cm, condition appears to be fair. The pommel is broken; rivets 2 : 2, none in situ. McLeod of Talisker collection.
C B Burgess and I Colquhoun 1988.
There is no evidence that these swords were found associated, or in the same locality.
Information from RCAHMS (RJCM), 20 April 1990.
Two unprovenanced Bronze Age swords from Skye are discussed by Cowie and O'Connor in their 2007 article. The first was a sword with a bronze pommel, thought to have been lost. It was first recorded by Thomas Pennant, and was then was then said to be in the possession of MacLeod of Talisker, but by the 20th century its whereabouts was unknown. It was recorded in Burgess and Colquhoun's 1988 catalogue as no. 599. A sword within the NMS has since been recognised as this lost sword however; donated to the NMS in 1886, it at some stage suffered the loss of its pommel and breakage of the blade and this damage obscured the connection with the earlier account of the sword by Pennant. The re-identification of the sword (DL 36) have also indicated that in Burgess and Colquhoun's 1988 catalogue, no. 596 was describing the lower half of no. 589, and both were infact no. 599. All three nos. therefore referred to the same sword from Skye; a single Ewart Park sword of Step 2 in their Caledonian series.
The second sword discussed was a lost antennae pommel sword from Skye. This was said to have been discovered 'in a peat moss upon Lord Macdonalads's estate', sometime before 1820 and its description by Adam de Cardonnel in Relicta Antiqua suggests that it was part of a hoard. It is unknown where he recorded the sword, and attempts to trace its whereabouts have proved unsuccessful. <1>
- --- Text/Publication/Article: Henderson, W. 1938. 'Scottish late Bronze Age axes and Swords', Proc Soc Antiq Scot Vol. 72 1937-8, p.150-77. Proc Soc Antiq Scot. 150-77. pp. 173.
- --- Text/Publication/Article: Coles, J M. 1962. ''Scottish Late Bronze Age metalwork: typology, distributions and chronology'', Proc Soc Antiq Scot Vol. 93 1959-60, p.16-134. Proc Soc Antiq Scot. 16-134. pp. 84.
- --- Text/Publication/Article: Burgess and Colquhoun, C B and I. 1988. 'The swords of Britain', Prahistoriche Bronzefunde Vol. 4 1988. Prahistoriche Bronzefunde. pp. 101, nos. 589, 596, 599.
- --- Text/Publication/Volume: Evans, J. 1881. Ancient bronze implements, weapons and ornaments of Great Britain and Ireland. pp. 289.
- --- Text/Publication/Volume: Pennant, T. 1809. Pennant's Tour of Scotland. pp. 334.
- --- Text/Report: RCAHMS. 1928. The Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments and Constructions of Scotland. Ninth report with inventory of monuments and constructions in the Outer Hebrides, Skye and the Small Isles. . pp. iii, RCAHMS Shelf No, A. 1. 1. INV (9).
- --- Text/Publication/Article: PSAS. 1879. 'Donations to and purchases for the Museum and Library, with exhibits', Proc Soc Antiq Scot Vol. 13 1878-9. Proc Soc Antiq Scot. pp. 326.
- --- Dataset/Database File: National Museums Scotland. 2019. Highland Finds from the NMS Catalogue. National Museums Scotland. Digital. DL 36.
- --- Text/Publication/Article: PSAS. 1880. 'Donations to and purchases for the Museum and Library, with exhibits', Proc Soc Antiq Scot Vol. 14 1879-80, p.7-10,111-13,169-76,225-29,274-7,310-15,. Proc Soc Antiq Scot. 7-10, 96-7, 111-13,169-76,225-29. 96-7.
- <1> Text/Publication/Article: Cowie, T. & O'Connor, B.. 2007. ‘Late Bronze Age swords from Scotland’, in Burgess, Christopper et al 2007, Beyond Stonehenge. Essays on the Bronze Age in honour of Colin Burgess. 316-334. 327-8.
|Grid reference||Centred NG 4500 3499 (4m by 4m) (Buffered by site type)|
|Geographical Area||SKYE AND LOCHALSH|
- SWORD (Bronze Age - 2400 BC to 551 BC)
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External Links (2)
- http://nms.scran.ac.uk/database/record.php?usi=000-100-034-404-C& (Link to NMS online collections database)
- https://canmore.org.uk/site/11258/skye (Link to online HES Canmore record)
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