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The Rotten Bottom Bow

The Rotten Bottom Bow

Published On: 02 March 2014

The longbow was found at Rotten Bottom which is a few miles east of Moffat in the hills by the A708 Moffat to Selkirk road.

The longbow is one of a number of major archaeological finds from Moffat, which are on loan from National Museum of Scotland. It is made of yew and would have had a range of about 50m (164ft). Radio carbon dating has dated it from 4040 BC to 3540 BC.

The painting behind the longbow is by Kenneth R. Campbell Dip. Art (Edin.) and imaginatively shows the bow in use.