Bronze Age knife unearthed on the Isle of Wight

A couple of holidaymakers found a Bronze Age knife thought to be 3,000 years old on the Isle of Wight. Metal detectorist Christopher Preece, with his wife June, found a number of small metallic objects under a lump of clay on Sandown Beach. The couple, from Banbury, Oxfordshire, took the finds to a visitor centre where staff passed them on to experts. The copper alloy knife, most likely used as a leather working tool, has been dated to 800-1000BC. The couple also found a button from the 17th Century during their holiday last month.

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The knife and button are now on display at Newport Roman Villa.


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