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Artifact Identification Palstaff   (1924.02.0437)
  1. Science & Technology T&E
  2. :
  3. Armaments
  4. :
  5. Edged Weapons
Artist/Maker None
Geographic Location
Period/Date Late Bronze Age, 1200 – 900 BCE
Culture N/A

Physical Analysis

Dimension 1 (Length) 16.0 cm
Dimension 2 (Width) 5.3 cm
Dimension 3 (Depth) 2.8 cm
Weight 424 g
Measuring Remarks The thickness of the flat portion is .3 cm. The depth of the sunken portion of the lateral sides is 1.2 cm. NOTE: The object has been weighed but cannot be confirmed because the present scale is out of commission.
Materials Metal--Bronze
Manufacturing Processes Forging
Munsell Color Information Black (n 2/0 ) -ns Grayish Green ( 5 g 4/2) -ns

Research Remarks

Published Description

Bois de Villiers, France - Late Bronze Age palstaff with neck decoration of two sunken triangles in a "cloven hoofprint" pattern (a variation of 24.2.261). On each lateral side of the neck is a raised lump (1.5 mm high and 8.7 mm in diameter) probably used to give added area for sinew attachment, different from the ears or loops. Stop ridge is flat and haft groove is 14.5 mm wide. Lateral sides flare straight down with a rounded blade edge.

Description N/A
Comparanda N/A

Allain, M.J. "Circonscription du Centre," Gallia Prehistorie, 9, 1966, p. 474, no. 6. Mohen, Jean Pierre, L'Age de Bronze dans la Region de Paris, Editions des Musee Nationaux, Paris, 1977, p. 69, no. 73.

Artifact History

Archaeological Data N/A
Credit Line/Dedication Baudon Collection
Reproduction no
Reproduction Information N/A

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