Standing in Matlock today, with it’s imposing Victorian and Edwardian buildings, it can be hard to imagine what life was like before the town expanded rapidly following the arrival of the railway. However, there some artifacts that remind us of Matlock’s prehistoric past.
This bronze spearhead was discovered in the Matlock area. It was made around 3,000 years ago during the late bronze age.
The spearhead has been carefully designed and is cast with a hollow socket at one end. This makes it easier to attach the spearhead to a wooden shaft. Early bronze age tools didn’t have sockets, so the presence of a socket on this tool is one of ways we can date it.
Weapons like spears and swords are more common in the late bronze age. Were people becoming more warlike? It’s difficult to say, as some objects may have had ceremonial roles as well.