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TITLE
Arrowhead
EXTERNAL ID
HCD_ARCH_0006
PLACENAME
Lealt, Valtos
DISTRICT
Skye
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
INVERNESS: Kilmuir
PERIOD
2000BC
CREATOR
unknown
SOURCE
Skye and Lochalsh Archive Centre
ASSET ID
12818
KEYWORDS
flint
Bronze Age
archaeology
Arrowhead

This small barbed and tanged arrowhead dates from around 2,000 BC and was found in 1984 in a peat bank on a croft near Dunvegan on the Isle of Skye. It has been carefully crafted from pale grey translucent flint. The small projecting tang would have been fixed into a notch in the arrow shaft with resin and binding. The barbs hooked the arrowhead into the target animal.

Length: 36 mm Max. Width : 27 mm Max. Thickness : 5 mm

Man's first tools and weapons were made from flint as it is tough but can be shaped easily to give sharp edges. A hard stone hammer was used to break off pieces of flint, flakes of which could then be worked more closely to shape arrowheads and other small items. Skilled flint 'knappers' could produce a variety of shapes, and many different ones have been found with dates ranging over thousands of years


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Arrowhead

INVERNESS: Kilmuir

2000BC

flint; Bronze Age; archaeology

Skye and Lochalsh Archive Centre

Artefact Collection, Skye and Lochalsh Archive Centre

This small barbed and tanged arrowhead dates from around 2,000 BC and was found in 1984 in a peat bank on a croft near Dunvegan on the Isle of Skye. It has been carefully crafted from pale grey translucent flint. The small projecting tang would have been fixed into a notch in the arrow shaft with resin and binding. The barbs hooked the arrowhead into the target animal.<br /> <br /> Length: 36 mm Max. Width : 27 mm Max. Thickness : 5 mm<br /> <br /> Man's first tools and weapons were made from flint as it is tough but can be shaped easily to give sharp edges. A hard stone hammer was used to break off pieces of flint, flakes of which could then be worked more closely to shape arrowheads and other small items. Skilled flint 'knappers' could produce a variety of shapes, and many different ones have been found with dates ranging over thousands of years <br /> <br /> <br /> This image can be purchased.<br /> For further information about purchasing and prices please email<br /> <a href= "mailto: skyeandlochalsh.archives@highlifehighland.com" >Skye and Lochalsh Archives</a><br />