MHG2243 - BA Dirk or Rapier - Mey


Bronze Age dirk or rapier.

Type and Period (1)

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

Protected Status

  • None recorded

Full Description

Part of a Middle Bronze Age dirk or rapier, found at Mey (ND 28 72) was exhibited to the Soc Antiq Scot, on December 12th 1910 by John Nicholson, Nybster, Caithness. The remnant is part of the butt end, 7ins long. The hilt-plate is flat, 1 1/4ins in greatest breadth, the upper part broken and showing no rivet holes. The blade is 7/8in broad at the junction with the hilt-plate and 1/2in broad at the broken end where the greatest thickness scarcely exceeds 1/8in.
Pro Soc Antiq Scot 1910; J M Coles 1966.

The published description describes part of what was clearly a rapier but does not note the circumstances of discovery. A length of 178mm and a width of 32mm are indicated.
Information from Mr B O'Connor and Mr T Cowie, 10 January 1995.

This was one of only two weapons of this type known from the North of Scotland, but both were lost.
Information from T. Cowie, June 1995.
See assoc docs.

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Grid reference Centred ND 2799 7199 (4m by 4m) (2 map features)
Map sheet ND27SE
Civil Parish CANISBAY
Geographical Area CAITHNESS

Finds (1)

  • DIRK (Bronze Age - 2400 BC? to 551 BC?)

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