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  • Object type

  • Museum number


  • Description

    Iron pilium head. A small, pyramidal head, and a round-sectioned shank broken at its lower end.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1stC(mid)
  • Findspot

  • Materials

  • Dimensions

    • Length: 609.6 millimetres
  • Curator's comments

    Two iron pilum heads

    Roman Britain, 1st century AD
    From the Roman fort site at Hod Hill, Dorset

    The pilum, or javelin was carried by legionary soldiers. It had a wooden shaft and an iron head giving a total length of about two metres. The small bolt-like tip was highly penetrating and the long slender iron shank, which was designed to buckle on impact, prevented it being re-used by the enemy.


  • Bibliography

    • Brailsford 1962 B109 bibliographic details
    • Hobbs & Jackson 2010 p. 32, fig. 20 bibliographic details
    • Manning 1985 V21 bibliographic details
  • Location

    On display: G49/dc6

  • Acquisition name

  • Department

    Britain, Europe and Prehistory

  • Registration number


COMPASS Title: Two iron pilum heads;Javelin heads


COMPASS Title: Two iron pilum heads;Javelin heads

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