This artefact was excavated in 1933 from a platform barrow, a rare, low, flat-topped burial mound. Although these monuments are considered to date from the Bronze Age, the cemetery on Woolley Down was also a focus for later activity, with Iron Age or Roman finds. Museum curator Harold Peake reported that, as well as this iron spearhead with its point perhaps intentionally bent over, he found the frame of an iron dagger sheath, an iron armguard, Early Iron Age and Romano-British pottery, and fragments of bronze around this barrow.
Further information about the archaeological site is available on the HER: www.heritagegateway.org.uk/Gateway/Results_Single.aspx?uid=MWB3240&resourceID=1030
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Period: c 800 BC – AD 43