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angon

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    1939,1010.100

  • Description

    Iron angon-head, narrow and badly corroded with some wood adhering, probably from the shaft. The head has two barbs: one bent across, the other a fragment which had broken off but has now been rejoined. The socket and shaft are fragmentary.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • early 7thC
  • Findspot

  • Materials

  • Type series

    • Swanton A2 type
  • Dimensions

    • Length: 68 centimetres (overall)
    • Length: 10 centimetres (from barbs to point)
    • Diameter: 2.5 centimetres (socket)
    • Diameter: 1.2 centimetres (stem)
  • Bibliography

    • Bruce-Mitford 1978 'Angon no. 3', Fig.199 bibliographic details
  • Location

    G41

  • Conservation

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    Treatment date

    9 November 2005

    Treatment proposal

    Clean, consolidate, repair and repack as necessary

    Condition

    The iron is in fair condition overall. There are large iron corrosion blisters present and soil still adheres to the object. The object is in fragments. The object has been repaired previously. There is white plaster in some areas. The object is packed inappropriately.

    Treatment details

    The white plaster was removed mechanically using a scalpel under the microscope. The object was re-packed in a Correx box with a plastazote lining. The box was labelled with the registration number and on a tyvek label inserted under the packing. Original labels were re-packed in a polyethylene bag.

    About these records 

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1939

  • Acquisition notes

    Excavated 1939

  • Department

    Britain, Europe and Prehistory

  • Registration number

    1939,1010.100

  • Additional IDs

    • 1939,10-10,F3 (former number)

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