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  • Description

    Iron spear-head with part of socket, very corroded. The blade is leaf-shaped with a prominent mid-rib on both faces, which makes the blade lozenge in section. The socket is approximately circular in section, and is split to a length of 6-7cm.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • early 7thC
  • Findspot

  • Materials

  • Type series

    • Swanton C2 type
  • Dimensions

    • Length: 31.5 centimetres (overall)
    • Length: 10.5 centimetres (socket)
    • Length: 21 centimetres (blade)
    • Width: 4 centimetres
  • Bibliography

    • Bruce-Mitford 1978 'Spear no. 3', Fig.189 bibliographic details
  • Location


  • Exhibition history


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

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  • Acquisition notes

    Excavated 1939

  • Department

    Britain, Europe and Prehistory

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Iron spear-head with part of socket, very corroded. Before conservation treatment

Iron spear-head with part of socket, very corroded. Before conservation treatment

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