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Iron axe-hammer with a long iron shaft. The head has an expanded, slightly drooping blade at one end and a blunt, squared extension at the other. There is a 'collar'-like feature at the base of the head, but it is unclear whether this feature is an integral part or separate from the head. The shaft is of rectangular section below the head but changes shape along its length, becoming first a thinner rectangular section, then thicker and virtually square in section, and finally circular in section. The base of the shaft is rounded with a fitting comprising a large ring forged through a smaller one.
- early 7thC
- Excavated/Findspot: Sutton Hoo, Ship-burial Mound: 1
- (Europe,United Kingdom,England,Suffolk,Sutton (parish),Sutton Hoo)
- Length: 750 millimetres
- Length: 780 millimetres (incl ring fitting)
- Length: 700 millimetres (handle)
- Length: 205 millimetres (head)
- Width: 53 millimetres (cutting edge)
- Diameter: 20 millimetres (lower part of shaft)
Dobat, A. S., 2006. The King and his Cult: The Axe-hammer from Sutton Hoo and its Implications for the Concept of Sacral Leadership in Early Medieval Europe. Antiquity 80, pp. 880-93
Not on display
1980 10 Mar-30 Sep, Sweden, Stockholm, Statens Historika Museum, The Vikings are Here
Britain, Europe and Prehistory
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Object reference number: MCS7903
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