Scottish Early Bronze Age metalwork

John M Coles (Author)

Gravegroups Hoards Metal, Knives Tanged Daggers, Knives Halberds, Beads, Metalwork, Stone, Knife
Early 16th Centuries, Later 16th, Early Bronze Age, 17th, 15th Centuries, 18th Century Bc


Evidence provided by grave-groups, hoards, metal analyses and correlations with stone moulds is used in conjunction with typology and distribution to establish a sequence of three industrial phases. Local production of metalwork began in the 18th century BC, and the first real industrial phase, Migdale, includes broad- and thin-butted flat axes, riveted flat knives, tanged daggers, spiral armlets and tubular beads, using Scottish or Irish ore-sources. The Colleonard phase in the 17th and early 16th centuries is characterised by the production of thin-butted axes, riveted knives, halberds, bar armlets and awls. Goldwork in the form of pommel-mounts, ear-rings and lunulae is attributed primarily to this phase. Flanged axes, spearheads and new forms of knife appear in the later 16th and 15th centuries during the Gavel Moss phase. A R


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Coles, J. (1971). Scottish Early Bronze Age metalwork. Proceedings of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland, 101, 1-110.