Bronze Age Arrowhead

Contributed by Guernsey Museum

Barbed and tanged flint arrowhead from Les Fouaillages megalithic tomb, Guernsey. © Guernsey Museums and Galleries

This flint arrowhead was imported to Guernsey in the early Bronze Age and buried with seven others at Les Fouaillages.This honey-coloured flint arrowhead is one of a group of eight - four of this colour, and four in a darker flint - found at Les Fouaillages megalithic tomb, at L'Ancresse. The tomb was constructed before 4000 BC and used for more than two thousand years. These flints were deposited between about 2700 and 2400 BC. All eight are of the same 'barbed and tanged' design. There is no evidence that they were ever used, and they were probably an offering placed with a burial, of which no other traces remain. The dark flint is from the plain of Caen, in Normandy. The amber flint came from the region of Grand Pressigny, in western France. Flint from this location was highly prized in prehistoric Europe, and exported widely. Its presence in Guernsey suggests that the island was not isolated, but part of a wide prehistoric network of trade and exchange.

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