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Monument Name Mersea Flats, East Mersea
SMR Number 1910
Summary A Late Bronze Age sword was found on the foreshore.
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A late bronze age sword, Mersea Flats, East Mersea, Colchester
A late bronze age sword, Mersea Flats, East Mersea, Colchester
A late bronze age sword, Mersea Flats, East Mersea, Colchester
A late bronze age sword, Mersea Flats, East Mersea, Colchester
A late bronze age sword, Mersea Flats, East Mersea, Colchester
A late bronze age sword, Mersea Flats, East Mersea, Colchester
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Description A Late Bronze Age sword was found on the foreshore. It was taken to Colchester Museum for identification and passed to the Archaeology Section for study. The sword is of the Ewart Park type. The tang is trumpet-shaped, the grip has slight flanges and two rivets. Between the rivets there appears to be a slot. This is only visible on one face and without cleaning and conservation it is not possible to say whether or not the slot actually pierces the grip, although this is likely. The shoulders are straight with two rivets and form a characteristic diamond shape with the straight 'riccassi' (the area below the shoulder). There are marked 'ricasso' notches. The blade edges are bevelled and the broad midrib is defined by slight beading characteristic of Gundlingen swords. A date in the 7th to 6th century BC is therefore likely. <1>-<4>
Monument Type(s) FINDSPOT (Dated 1000BC to 701BC)
Monument Class(es) FIND
Period 1000BC to 701BC Bronze Age
Status Not Known
Administration Area EAST MERSEA, COLCHESTER, ESSEX
National Grid Reference Square: TM01SE
Ref: 051135
Finds BRONZE SWORD (Dated 1000BC To 701BC)

Events None listed
Sources <1> Desc Text : Work of Essex County Council Archaeology Section, 1983-84 (Brown, NR in Priddy, DA) Vol 16, forthcoming Dated : 1985

<2> Graphic material : SMR (unknown) Dated : 1984

<3> Photograph : TM01-161 (unknown) Dated : 1984

<4> Artifact : ARTEFACT Owner (unknown) Dated : unknown