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  • Object type

  • Museum number


  • Description

    Iron spear-head with flat blade, longer than socket; blade lacking tip; divided socket; one hole; shaft remains.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 300 BC - 200 BC (circa)
  • Findspot

  • Materials

  • Dimensions

    • Length: 170 millimetres
    • Length: 110 millimetres (blade, approx)
    • Length: 70 millimetres (socket, approx)
    • Width: 28.5 millimetres (blade, max)
    • Diameter: 23.5 millimetres (socket)
    • Thickness: 4.2 millimetres (blade, max)
    • Weight: 60 grammes
  • Curator's comments

    This spear-head was found in a grave in an Iron Age cemetery at Kirkburn in East Yorkshire, buried with a man who was in his early 20s to late 30s when he died. The man was placed in the grave in a crouched position with his knees pulled towards his chest. A sword and scabbard were positioned behind his back. As part of the burial rite the remains of a pig were placed on the man’s chest.

    This object is one of three spears which were thrust into the man’s chest as a final act before the grave was filled in. This burial rite has been recorded in other graves from East Yorkshire and was part of the ceremonies associated with burial.

    Associated records:
    Human remains: 1987,0404.35
    Animal remains (pig): 1987,0404.42
    Sword and scabbard: 1987,0404.2
    Spear-heads: 1987,0404.4-5

    Possibly associated:
    Iron nail: 1987,0404.48
    Pottery sherd: 1987,0404.49


  • Bibliography

    • Stead 1991 p.224, K3.2 bibliographic details
  • Location

    On display: G50/dc16

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date


  • Department

    Britain, Europe and Prehistory

  • Registration number


  • Additional IDs

    • KR/AI (find/site code)


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