bow; long

Oak longbow, of which only the central section with the hand grip remains. The ends are plano-convex in section and hand grip elliptical. There is slight warping.
Found at Broadside Reservoir in 1889. Until 1963 this was thought to be a canoe paddle. As it is made from oak, a material with poor flexing qualities, it was probably only for ceremonial use.
Radiocarbon date of 1300bc+-85 (Q-1196).
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Dimensions:0 - Whole:L 95.4cm (L 3' 1 9/16")
Dimensions:0 - Whole:W 6.9cm (W 2 11/16")
The prehistoric longbow from Denny, Scotland.; Mr Roy Switsur; Cambridge; 1973; Antiquity
The Denny Longbow; A Webb; 1978; Journal of the Society of Archer-Antiquaries
Field collection reference
Denny Bow
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Find Spot
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