Two iron pilum heads

Roman Britain, 1st century AD
From the Roman fort site at Hod Hill, Dorset

The pilum, or javelin was carried by legionary soldiers. It had a wooden shaft and an iron head giving a total length of about two metres. The small bolt-like tip was highly penetrating and the long slender iron shank, which was designed to buckle on impact, prevented it being re-used by the enemy.

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Length: 55.000 cm
Length: 55.000 cm

Museum number

P&EE 1892 9-1 1110-1111

BCB53526;BCB53527

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