Angus HER - NO33SW0004 - PYOTDYKES FARM

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Primary ReferenceNO33SW0004
NamePYOTDYKES FARM
NRHE Card No.NO33SW4
NRHE Numlink 32031
HES SM No.
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Site Form Artefact
Site Condition Complete 2
Details Findspot of a Late Bronze Age Hoard. A personal hoard of two Late Bronze Age leaf-shaped swords and a Middle Bronze Age socketed spearhead was ploughed up in the 'Old Road Field', Pyotdykes Farm in October 1963, probably by the son of the tenant-farmer. One of the swords was encased in the remains of a wooden and leather scabbard, thought to be a find unique in the British Isles. The scabbard remains were of two pieces, one 65mm x 26mm, the second 66mm x 35mm. It was made of three layers: a wooden layer, possibly hazel, between two layers of leather. The spearhead was a Coles ‘Class E’ with a socket decorated with punched bands and chevrons inlaid with hammered gold, the only specimen of its kind known in Scotland (until a similar find in Carnoustie in 2017). The tip is missing, it has a triangular blade with basal loops, gold band around socket mouth, rivet holes on socket. Length 40cm. A cloth plug of flax fibres, 38mm x circa 19mm was found in the socket, a rare find of Bronze Age textiles. The swords are of Ewart Park type - Northern unclassified, Burgess and Colquhoun's 521 and 536. Top of hilt missing. Length 59.2cm, shoulder width 5cm, maximum blade width 4.15cm. Smooth green patina, lighter around ricasso, showing outline of organic handle clearly. Edge badly corroded; rivets 3:6, three in situ, broken off. Top of hilt missing. Length 55.2cm, shoulder width 5.05cm, maximum blade width 3.8cm. Smooth dark green patina getting lighter towards ricasso. Outline of hilt plates show up as darker green; blade edge badly corroded; rivets 1 (+ possibly):2, none in situ. All now in the McManus Museum, Dundee. Comparable with the hoard found in Carnoustie in 2017 (NO53NE0149).
Last Update16/10/2019
Updated Bycherbert
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Easting: 334540.654, Northing: 734801.691

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National Grid Reference: NO 3454 3480



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Artefact and Ecofact

Date MDate YArtefact TypeFinderRecovery MethodConditionStorage LocationAccess No.
 1963 BRONZE HOARD GR Stray Find Fragmentary - Conservation Necessary Dundee Art Gallery & Museum 1964-73.1

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Monument Types

Monument Type 1Monument Type 2Monument Type 3OrderProbability
HOARDSBRONZEREMAINS OFA100
SWORDSBRONZEEWART PARK TYPEB100
SPEARHEADSBRONZESOCKETEDC100
SPEARHEADS DECORATEDD100
SCABBARDSWOODENREMAINS OFE100
SCABBARDSLEATHERREMAINS OFF100
INLAYSGOLD G100
TEXTILESFLAX H100
CLOTHFLAX I100
FRAGMENTSORGANIC J100