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Dagger from Kenslow Knoll.
Polishing stone, dagger, and bone crescents from Kenslow Knoll
Dagger
Previous owner: Previously owned by Thomas Bateman , British, 1821 - 1861
Excavator: Thomas Bateman , British, 1821 - 1861
Material and Medium: Copper Alloy
Dimensions: Length 89mm, width 42mm
Place Object Found: Derbyshire
Department: Archaeology
Accession Number: J93.446
This bronze dagger was found at Kenslow Knoll in Derbyshire. It was with a skeleton in a rock cut grave excavated by Thomas Bateman. This was one of several burials in this barrow. The dagger has three surviving rivets. These were used to attach the handle. The handle was probably made of wood or bone and has not survived. Archaeologists call these objects daggers because of their shape. However, we do not know if they were used as weapons. Bronze is a soft metal and there were plenty of flint cutting tools available in the Bronze Age. Objects like this could have been symbols of power or wealth. In the Bronze Age some people were more powerful and wealthier than others. Rare and unusual objects like this were used to demonstrate this. They were for show, not for practical use.
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