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Identifier: archaeologyprehi00wils
Title: The archaeology and prehistoric annals of Scotland
Year: 1851 (1850s)
Authors: Wilson, Daniel, Sir, 1816-1892
Publisher: Edinburgh : Sutherland & Knox
Contributing Library: National Library of Scotland
Digitizing Sponsor: National Library of Scotland

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t the foot of the PentlandHills, in the immediate vicinity of the Scottish capital.The blade of this sword must have measured twenty-twoand a half inches in length by one inch in breadth,—anexceedingly small and light weapon compared with theenormes gladii which Tacitus describes the Caledoniansas using. It appears to have been a straight two-edgedweapon, with a sharp point, and was perhaps designedlyadapted for more convenient and ready use by the cha-rioteer than the more ponderous sword generally borneby the native Britons. The different examples whichhave been heretofore noted are furnished with the samelarge bronze loop which is shewn in the woodcut, at-tached to the middle of the scabbard, the precise use ofwhich is not quite apparent. The style of ornamententirely corresponds to that employed in decorating thepersonal ornaments and the horse-furniture of thisl)eriod, and supplies evidence of a remarkable change from the un-defined ornamentation of the Archaic works in bronze.

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•i42 THE TEUTONIC OK IRON PERIOD, CHAPTER V. PERSONAL ORNAMENTS. It has been already noticed that silver appears to have been ametal very little known in Britain, or the north of Europe, prior tothe changes which we associate with the introduction of iron ; nor isit difficult, as we have seen, to account for this. The rarity of ironduring the primitive periods arises chiefly from the occurrence of theore in a form least resembling metal, and requiring the most laboriousand difficult processes to reduce it to a state fit for use; while theabsence of silver is no less satisfactorily accounted for from the miningoperations requisite for reaching the argentiferous veins, which wereonly possible when the introduction of the more useful metals hadsupplied an abundance of the requisite tools. One class of the earliestsilver ornaments, however, retains the same primitive and indefinitestyle of decoration which has already been described as occurring onthe pottery, and also on some of the br

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