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spear-head

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    1939,1010.102

  • Description

    Iron spear-head with long shank, very narrow in the centre on account of corrosion, with both ends also severely corroded. The blade is leaf-shaped and the socket is split. Part of the wooden shaft of another spear adheres to this spear-head.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • early 7thC
  • Findspot

  • Materials

  • Type series

    • Swanton D2 type
  • Dimensions

    • Length: 38.1 centimetres
    • Width: 3 centimetres
    • Diameter: 1.8 centimetres (socket)
  • Bibliography

    • Bruce-Mitford 1978 'Spear no. 2', Fig.188 bibliographic details
  • Location

    G41

  • Exhibition history

    Exhibited:

    1980 10 Mar-30 Sep, Sweden, Stockholm, Statens Historika Museum, The Vikings are Here

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1939

  • Acquisition notes

    Excavated 1939

  • Department

    Britain, Europe and Prehistory

  • Registration number

    1939,1010.102

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.

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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.

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