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  • Description

    Iron spear-head: miniature spear-head with narrow leaf-shaped blade and split socket.

  • Culture/period

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  • Materials

  • Dimensions

    • Length: 110 millimetres
    • Weight: 17.8 grammes
  • Bibliography

    • Carver 2005 p.252.1 bibliographic details
  • Exhibition history


    2011 26 Mar-30 Oct, Woodbridge, Sutton Hoo Exhibition Centre, People of Sutton Hoo.

  • Conservation

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    Treatment date

    8 April 2011

    Treatment proposal

    Repair break.


    Stable condition. Uneven surface with silicate inclusions from the buriual environmenat fused into the corrosion layer. Two breaks: one just above socket and a second through the section of the blade.

    Treatment details

    Joins repaired using HMG Paraloid B72 (methyl ethyl methacrlylate) applied from tube.

    About these records 

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  • Acquisition notes

    Excavated 1982-1992. Excavation funded by The British Museum and the Society of Antiquaries, London.

  • Department

    Britain, Europe and Prehistory

  • Registration number


  • Additional IDs

    • 41/36522
Iron spear-head: miniature spear-head with narrow leaf-shaped blade and split socket.



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