Bronze age discovery

A PRE-historic arrowhead, discovered by a group of walkers in North Yorkshire, has been dated back to the early bronze age.

Wednesday, 17th February 2010, 12:07 pm
Updated Thursday, 25th February 2010, 2:15 pm

The arrowhead was brought to Oakwell Hall Country Park by Denis Smith, where finds officer Amy Cooper, from the West Yorkshire Archaeological Advisory Service, dated it from between 2,500BC and 1,500BC – making it around 4,000 years old.

"It's unusual to have found something so old purely by chance," she said. "This was a particularly nice piece of flint and in very nice condition; it was a very lucky find.

"It would have taken a lot of work to get it looking this good. It's certainly not just a functional object and probably meant a lot to somebody because of the time and effort that has gone into it."

Miss Cooper has taken the arrowhead to the Portable Antiquities Scheme – a voluntary scheme which records archaeological objects found by members of the public in England and Wales. The find will be placed onto a database to help locals research the pieces of history found in their area.

Once his item has been returned, Mr Smith will donate it to Harrogate Museum.

Miss Cooper will be holding another finds session at Oakwell Hall in June.

To see other items which have been found in the area, visit the Portable Antiquities Scheme's website at www.finds.org.uk.