Fragments of the Bronze Age

This month’s featured YouTube video lecture is another presented by the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland. It was given in the National Museums Scotland Auditorium, on the 9th March 2020, just before lockdown, by Dr. Matt Knight.

Dr Knight, who is Curator of Prehistory at National Museums Scotland, describes his own experimental archaeological research into the phenomenon of broken items found in Bronze Age hoards. By examining how these things were damaged, he has gained some fascinating insights into the possible reasons these objects were created and deposited. Unlike what we may have been told, it turns out you can’t just break a bronze sword over your knee!