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For an excellent introduction to runes, we recommend Martin Findell’s book published by British Museum Press.

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spear-head

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    1856,0701.1452

  • Description

    Iron spear-head with a long angular blade. The socket is inlaid with silver wires and incised with triple chevrons and scroll designs.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 11thC
  • Findspot

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Length: 379 millimetres
    • Width: 54 millimetres
    • Depth: 28 millimetres
    • Weight: 340 grammes
  • Exhibition history

    Exhibited:

    2014-2015 Jul-Jan, Berlin, Museum für Vor- und Frühgeschichte, Vikings PROMISED
    2014 6 Mar-22 Jun, London, British Museum, Viking: Life and Legend
    2013 21 Jun-30 Nov, Denmark, Copenhagen, National Museum of Denmark, Viking
    1982 3 Apr-31 Oct, York, Yorkshire Museum, The Vikings in England and their Danish Homeland
    1981 5 Sep-31 Dec, Denmark, Århus, Moesgård Museum, The Vikings in England and their Danish Homeland
    1981 11 Apr-16 Aug, Denmark, Copenhagen, The Danish National Museum, The Vikings in England and their Danish Homeland

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1856

  • Department

    Britain, Europe and Prehistory

  • Registration number

    1856,0701.1452


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