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Three fragments of iron socketed spear-head. An extremely large blade with profile slightly concave in the upper part. The socket is very short with rivet position clear on one side. The blade has been repaired and supported with plaster.
Length: 50 millimetres (socket)
Length: 440 millimetres
Width: 81 millimetres
- Curator's comments
Stead and Rigby 1999
Rapin (in Brunaux, J.-L., and Rapin, A., 1988, ‘Gournay II: boucliers et lances, dépôts et trophées’, Paris) type IVa.
The spear was the dominant weapon from Hallstatt D to La Tène lb, found sometimes singly and sometimes in groups of two, three and four spearheads. Eight spearheads are said to have been found in a cart-burial at Epoye (Bosteaux-Paris, C., 1892, Resultats de fouilles aux environs de Reims, ‘Association française pour l’avancement de science’ (II), 614). At Quilly they were by the right foot, pointing into the foot of the grave (graves 8, 12, 15), a position favoured in half the Mont Troté graves with spearheads (graves 23, 98 and 102), whereas at Les Grandes Loges the preferred position was on the left of the skeleton and more usually at the head than the foot of the grave (as at Mont Troté graves 32 and 136, and Vert-la-Gravelle grave 6bis). Spearheads are occasionally found with daggers or swords, and rarely with the remains of shields. In La Tène Ic and La Tène II there was a change in practice with the typical warrior's assemblage comprising a single spear with a sword and shield.
Most spearheads have mineralized wood in the sockets, and seem to have been attached to the shank by an iron rivet (or sometimes perhaps a wooden peg?) that passed through holes in the socket below the wings of the blade. Not many rivets survive intact.
8. Miscellaneous types.
Register: This seems to belong to the Gaulish burial at Marson, sketched in ms book.
- Not on display
- Britain, Europe and Prehistory
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