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Iron spear-head in four pieces, heavily oxidised, with a short length of the stem and the beginning of the socket preserved. Pieces of wood and a large quantity of textile remains are corroded onto the blade.
- early 7thC
- Excavated/Findspot: Sutton Hoo, Ship-burial Mound: 1
- (Europe,United Kingdom,England,Suffolk,Sutton (parish),Sutton Hoo)
- Length: 41.8 centimetres (overall)
- Length: 34.7 centimetres (blade)
- Width: 4 centimetres (incl. textile wrappings)
1980 10 Mar-30 Sep, Sweden, Stockholm, Statens Historika Museum, The Vikings are Here
14 January 2003
Reason for treatment
Clean to remove dust, dirt and tarnish.
The object is in good condition overall. There is dirt and dust on the surface of the object. The object is broken into two pieces.
The dirt and dust was removed using a soft sable haired brush. The fragments were rejoined using HMG heatproof and waterproof adhesive (cellulose nitrate). The slight gaps were filled using glass micro balloons mixed to a stiff consistancy with Paraloid B72 (ethyl methacrylate copolymer) in acetone, and applied with a spatula. The fills were inpainted using acrylic colours.
13 September 1949 - 20 February 1976
Reason for analysis
Sutton Hoo scramasax
Radiography to show ornamentation and original shape. Quantitative analysis for phosphate.
Analysis materials group
- Iron & Alloys
Main type of investigation
Analysis reference number
Prehistory and Europe
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Object reference number: MCS8327
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