"The original may yet be discovered”: Seven Bronze Age swords supposedly from Netherley, Kincardineshire

Neil George Westbrook Curtis

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Describes how investigations into the provenance of three leaf-shaped swords in the collections of the University of Aberdeen lead to two of these swords, and four further swords from other collections, being identified as nineteenth-century replicas. All but one of the swords were investigated by energy dispersive X-ray fluorescence and X-radiography, as well as detailed visual examination. This revealed that only one had a composition within the range expected for genuine Bronze Age artefacts; visual examination further showed that the others had features unknown on Bronze Age swords. The article concludes with a consideration of the changing meanings of the swords during their two hundred years in various museums.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)487-500
Number of pages14
JournalProceedings of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland
Publication statusPublished - 2007


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