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DERSB : 1979.1738
Barbed arrowhead found at Crowdecote, 1200-1400.
Barbed arrows were popular for hunting because they caused severe bleeding bringing the target animal down more quickly. The arrow was also more securely attached, so the huntsman could expect to recover the arrowhead and use it again.
This arrowhead was originally in the collections of local antiquarian, Micah Salt, whose activities and collections were recorded in a series of publications by W Turner, who wrote in 1903, "At Crowdicote, near Hartington, there are remains of foundations of an old castle. A passage like a cave had been made under them. In it were found, about twenty years ago, a number of relics ... The cottages near the spot are partly built of sandstone, evidently from the ruins."
Micah Salt (1847-1915) was a tailor in Buxton who had a great interest in archaeology. This was usually a hobby of the elite and he was described, rather condescendingly, in a contemporary journal as "an intelligent tradesman". Salt excavated many lows (burial mounds) around Buxton, and acquired finds from local farmers and landowners. His findings were collated by W Turner and published in 1899 as Ancient Remains near Buxton: The Archaeological Explorations of Micah Salt. This book records many of the first objects that were given to the museum.
- Description: width 20mm; length 75mm; depth mm; diameter mm
- Rights: Creative Commons CC BY-NC 4.0 Buxton Museum and Art Gallery (part of Derbyshire County Council)