Unique ID: LON-920814

Object type certainty: Certain
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An Early Medieval (Anglo Saxon) iron socketed spear head (9th century). The blade is leaf-shaped (tear-drop) and the cross-section is lozenge-shaped with the central mid-rib tapering to the cutting edges. The spear head has a split socket with possibly two nail holes along the edge, although the corrosion makes it difficult to be certain.

Dalton (1923:91) writes that the spear was the most common weapons of the Anglo Saxons and in the pagan period it is easily recognised by the split socket, which was beaten out on a mandril but not welded along the edges.

Dimensions: Internal diameter of socket: 17.82mm; length: 413mm; width: 30.87mm; thickness: 7.18mm; weight: 328.81g.

Identified by John Clark Medieval Curator Emeritus, Museum of London.
Reference: Dalton, O. M. 1923. British Museum Guide to Anglo Saxon Antiquities. Oxford University Press, Oxford.

Subsequent actions

Current location of find: Thames 21
Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
Subperiod from: Middle
Period from: EARLY MEDIEVAL [scope notes | view all attributed records]
Subperiod to: Late
Period to: EARLY MEDIEVAL [scope notes | view all attributed records]
Ascribed Culture: Anglo-Saxon [scope notes| view all attributed records]
Date from: Circa AD 800
Date to: Circa AD 900

Dimensions and weight

Length: 413 mm
Width: 30.87 mm
Thickness: 7.18 mm
Weight: 328.81 g
Diameter: 17.82 mm
Quantity: 1

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Saturday 1st November 2008

Personal details

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Recorded by: Mrs Kate Sumnall - [ view all attributed records]
Identified by: Mr John Clark - [view all attributed records]

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Materials and construction

Primary material: Iron [scope notes | view all attributed records]
Manufacture method: Cast [scope notes | view all attributed records]
Completeness: Complete [scope notes | view all attributed records]

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Spatial metadata

Region: London
County: Greater London Authority
District: Hammersmith And Fulham
Parish: Sands End

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: TQ2676
Four figure Latitude: 51.46894801 Four figure longitude: -0.18738052
1:25K map: TQ2676
1:10K map: TQ27NE
WOEID: 26352014
Grid reference source: From a paper map
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 1 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Other chance find [scope notes]
General landuse: Open fresh water[scope notes]
Specific landuse: Running water[scope notes]

Adjacent Domesday Book places

Domesday data within 2 km of discovery point is surfaced via the excellent Open Domesday website.

References cited

No references cited so far.

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Created: Wednesday 17th December 2008
Updated: Thursday 24th February 2011

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