Findspot - Bronze Age bronze dagger
Findspot - a dagger dating to the Middle Bronze Age was found in the area of New Bilton.
1 A labourer from Long Lawford was digging a piece of ground at New Bilton on 31/12/1867 and discovered a brass leaf-shaped dagger at a depth of two spades. The dagger does not have a socket, but was cast for probable insertion within a slit made at the end of a wooden shaft or handle, and then riveted. The dagger was in almost perfect condition and retained two rivets. The spot where it was found is low and somewhat boggy. It was about 450m distant from a tumulus in Rugby by the side of the road leading from there to Long Lawford.
2 The corroded surface of part of the blade shows traces of hair, probably from the lining of a sheath of hide having been in contact with it.
3 Bronze dirk: Trumps Class II; Burgess Group II; Middle Bronze Age.
4 Noted by Ordnance Survey.