Fords Of Frew, Culbeg

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Alternative Names River Forth; Gargunnock
Site Type RAPIER (BRONZE)
Canmore ID 45350
Site Number NS69NE 31
NGR NS 692 963
Council STIRLING
Parish KINCARDINE (STIRLING)
Former Region CENTRAL
Former District STIRLING
Former County PERTHSHIRE
Datum OSGB36 - NGR
NGR Desc NS c. 692 963

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Archaeological Notes

NS69NE 31 c. 692 963

Burgess Group II; Trump Group I. Early type, of Acton Park stage.
A Morrison 1979

This rapier came from the River Forth near Fords of Frew, NW of Gragunnock, and is held in the Hunterian Museum, University of Glasgow, under accession number A.1978.1. The lozenge-section of the blade is characteristic of Group II, while the two rivet-holes and two notches of its hilt place it within the Taplow type of Schmidt and Burgess; this is the first example of this type from Northern Britain. Group II comprises dirks and rapiers with lozenge-shaped blades, and is dated within the earliest part of the Middle Bronze Age, although it may have persisted later.
Information from Mr B O'Connor and Mr T Cowie, 10 January 1995.

 
Books and References

Morrison, A (1979b) 'Two Bronze Age weapons from mid Scotland', Glasgow Archaeol J, vol.6
Page(s): 52-3

O'Connor and Cowie, B and T (1995) 'Middle Bronze Age dirks and rapiers from Scotland: some finds old and new', Proc Soc Antiq Scot, vol.125
Page(s): 349

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