Old looking copper alloy spike -Bronze Age artefact or soldering iron tip

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Old looking copper alloy spike -Bronze Age artefact or soldering iron tip

Post by Lowland » Tue Nov 14, 2017 1:11 pm

Hi all
When this surfaced it looked like a spear tip..
On a closer bogle it looks like it could be a soldering iron point?
What put me off it being a weapon or gouge or suchlike is the shape of the point,
Which drops down to one side/is not central.
Also the black patina...
Found in a stubble field behind a village that dates back at least as far as the 13 th century.
About 7 inches down with Garrett 400

The tail end is split into two ,suggesting it was definitely attached to summat.
Any ideas insights very welcome
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Re: Old looking copper alloy spike -soldering iron tip??

Post by beaubrummell » Tue Nov 14, 2017 1:36 pm

Could it be an incomplete Iron Age spear point?

Copper and copper-based metals were used during the Iron Age.

Here's a picture of what I mean. ::g
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Re: Old looking copper alloy spike -soldering iron tip??

Post by Lowland » Tue Nov 14, 2017 1:56 pm

beaubrummell wrote:
Tue Nov 14, 2017 1:36 pm
Could it be an incomplete Iron Age spear point?

Copper and copper-based metals were used during the Iron Age.

Here's a picture of what I mean
I see what you mean right enough...
Cheers for putting the picture up.
With this one I'm erring on the side of the mundane!
Found lots of of looks like a good un only to hit the ground face first.

It's the way the point drops to one side that put me off the spear idea.
The ridge that this village sits on would certainly have always been a good place to live ,as evidenced by the little bits of worked chert that pop up now and again.
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Re: Old looking copper alloy spike -soldering iron tip??

Post by Euro Detector » Tue Nov 14, 2017 2:16 pm

Nice find Lowland ::g
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Re: Old looking copper alloy spike -soldering iron tip??

Post by Lowland » Tue Nov 14, 2017 2:27 pm

Euro Detector wrote:
Tue Nov 14, 2017 2:16 pm
Nice find Lowland ::g
Ta very much !
Would be even nicer if it had a name🍾
Good to see you about sir
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Re: Old looking copper alloy spike -soldering iron tip??

Post by fred » Tue Nov 14, 2017 3:54 pm

It looks like a Bronze Age chisel or gouge and has the sort of patina that I would expect from an item of that age. If correct it has a name like 'Bronze Age chisel'. :D

Very nice indeed but difficult to be sure about exact period and I would certainly be OK with an Iron Age date too. I suspect that you will need to refer this one to a museum and it might be important in your area if ancient finds are not prolific. ::g
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Re: Old looking copper alloy spike -soldering iron tip??

Post by Lowland » Tue Nov 14, 2017 4:12 pm

fred wrote:
Tue Nov 14, 2017 3:54 pm
It looks like a Bronze Age chisel or gouge and has the sort of patina that I would expect from an item of that age. If correct it has a name like 'Bronze Age chisel'. :D Very nice indeed but difficult to be sure about exact period so I suspect that you will need to refer this one to a museum. ::g
Hi Fred,was waiting for the cavalry to come over the hill

Ironic I think, most things I find are mince that I've built up to be king tuts lost artefacts.
This one really could be a winner.
Into the to be recorded section!
Thank you for having a look
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Re: Old looking copper alloy spike -soldering iron tip??

Post by Lowland » Tue Nov 14, 2017 6:29 pm

fred wrote:
Tue Nov 14, 2017 3:54 pm
It looks like a Bronze Age chisel or gouge and has the sort of patina that I would expect from an item of that age. If correct it has a name like 'Bronze Age chisel'. :D

Very nice indeed but difficult to be sure about exact period and I would certainly be OK with an Iron Age date too. I suspect that you will need to refer this one to a museum and it might be important in your area if ancient finds are not prolific. ::g
Good point about the area and finds of significance,this ones off to get looked at!
As ever cheers lad ::g
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Re: Old looking copper alloy spike -soldering iron tip??

Post by Lowland » Tue Nov 14, 2017 6:31 pm

beaubrummell wrote:
Tue Nov 14, 2017 1:36 pm
Could it be an incomplete Iron Age spear point?

Copper and copper-based metals were used during the Iron Age
Hi and thanks again...you might've been on the right track to start with ::g :D
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