This leaf-shaped blade is a spearhead of Middle Bronze Age date.
The spearhead conforms to the most numerous form of Early/Middle Bronze Age spearhead known from Britain with a developed side loop (Davis’s Group 6). They are associated with the earlier Middle Bronze Age (c. 1550-1250 BC). The leaf-shaped subgroup is characterised by their small size which is thought to be suited to throwing.
This was the only artefact recovered from the ditch. The large majority of spearheads known from this period are from rivers or as stray finds. As an apparently serviceable object of inherent value, it is possible that this may be a structured deposit relating to the marking of boundary features or an accidental loss possibly while hunting.
Other information & metadata
Site location: Ledbury Viaduct, Herefordshire
Project type: Excavation
Site type: Multiperiod
Discovery context: Ditch