Museum: Farmer used Bronze Age dagger as doorstop

The Rudham Dirk may have been the most valuable doorstop in Britain.
By Ben Hooper Contact the Author   |   Nov. 26, 2014 at 11:39 AM

NORWICH, England, Nov. 26 (UPI) -- A British museum said it paid nearly $65,000 for a Bronze Age dagger found by a farmer who was using it as a doorstop.

The Norwich Castle Museum said the 21-inch ceremonial dagger, believed to be about 3,500 years old, had been serving as a doorstop at the home of a Rudham farmer who discovered it on his property until he had it examined by experts.

The item, dubbed the Rudham Dirk, was examined by Norfolk's Portable Antiquities Scheme and found to be of "incredible importance."

The British Museum said similar daggers discovered in Europe include one in Oxborough, England; two in France; and two in the Netherlands.

Tim Pestell, senior curator of archaeology at Norwich Castle, said the discovery sheds some light on Middle Bronze Age history.

"We are delighted to have secured such an important and rare find as this, which provides us with insights into the beliefs and contacts of people at the dawn of metalworking," he said.

The $65,000 price tag for the dagger was paid in part by a $61,500 grant from the National Heritage Memorial Fund.

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