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Rare Bronze Age spearhead discovered

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A rare and complete metal spearhead dating back thousands of years to the Late Bronze Age has been discovered in Jersey.

It was found on the beach at Gorey by metal detectorist Jay Cornick, who brought it to Jersey Heritage to be recorded, in line with recommended best practice for non-treasure finds in the Island. The large spearhead is thought to be unique to the Channel Islands and a rare find in Great Britain.

The results of carbon dating on the remains of the wooden shaft attached to the spearhead have confirmed that it dates to between 1207 BC and 1004 BC. Olga Finch, Jersey Heritage’s Curator of Archaeology, said: “The spearhead is a really exciting find for Jersey – it is unique and very rare in terms of its large size and the fact that it is intact. The Bronze Age items we already have in our collection are mainly from hoards, which are usually great deposits of metal tools and weapons but mostly broken up and used. This spearhead is completely different from everything else we have.


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