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Iron spear-head with socket, complete but in four pieces. The blade is fairly broad and low-shouldered with a long shank and split socket. The socket of spear-head 1939,1010.105 adheres through corrosion at right angles to base of the blade.
- early 7thC
- Excavated/Findspot: Sutton Hoo, Ship-burial Mound: 1
- (Europe,United Kingdom,England,Suffolk,Sutton (parish),Sutton Hoo)
- Length: 44.5 centimetres
- Length: 19 centimetres (stem)
- Length: 25.5 centimetres (blade)
- Width: 4.5 centimetres
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.
Prehistory and Europe
Group of Objects
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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Object reference number: MCS7431
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