Find Spot record MLI82895 - Bronze Age Swords, Billinghay Dales, Billinghay


Bronze Age swords found at Billinghay Dales.

Type and Period (1)

  • (Bronze Age - 2200 BC to 801 BC)

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  • None recorded

Full Description

A large leaf shaped sword was found with another less perfect specimen after a field had been ploughed at Billinghay Dales. The swords were found a few years before 1852 in a field between the Tattershall Turnpike Road and Billinghay Skirth about a mile and a half from Tattershall Bridge and two miles from the Car Dyke. One of the swords was produced by casting and still had a very sharp edge on both sides. It had lost its point but when it was complete it was 22 inches long without its handle and one and three quarter inches wide across the broadest part of the blade. The handle had gone, but some of the rivets which fastened this on the blade still remained when it was found. The sword is now possibly in Lincoln Museum. {1}{2}{3}{4} A separate Bronze Age sword was found in Billinghay Dales in 1852 when the field was first ploughed (see PRN62549). It remained in private ownership. {5} These swords are said to have been found at TF 181 552. {6}{7}

Sources/Archives (7)

  •  Index: OS CARD INDEX. BILLINGHAY. TF 15 NE:1, EG, 12/2/64.
  •  Bibliographic Reference: Edward Trollope. 1872. Sleaford and the Wapentakes of Flaxwell and Aswardhurn in the County of Lincoln. pp.29, 349.
  •  Photograph: City and County Museum. Photograph of Bronze Age sword. -.
  •  Article in Serial: PHILLIPS, C.W.. 1935. ANTIQUARIES JOURNAL. vol.XV, p.349.
  •  Article in Serial: P.J. Davey. 1973. 'Bronze Age Metalwork from Lincolnshire' in Archaeologia. p.93, nos.422-3.
  •  Artefact: City and County Museum Collection. LM 290-291.09.



Grid reference TF 181 557 (point)

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Mar 21 2021 8:35PM


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