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Rapier (Bronze)

Site Name Mey

Classification Rapier (Bronze)

Canmore ID 8866

Site Number ND27SE 11

NGR ND 28 72

NGR Description ND c. 28 72

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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  • Council Highland
  • Parish Canisbay
  • Former Region Highland
  • Former District Caithness
  • Former County Caithness

Archaeology Notes

ND27SE 11 c. 28 72.

Part of a Middle Bronze Age dirk or rapier, found at Mey (ND 28 72) was exhibited to the Sos 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.


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