LON-920814: Early Medieval iron spear head

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Unique ID: LON-920814

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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.

Find of note status

This is a find of note and has been designated: Regional importance

Subsequent actions

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


Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
Subperiod from: Middle
Subperiod to: Late
Ascribed Culture: Anglo-Saxon
Date from: Circa AD 800
Date to: Circa AD 900

Dimensions and weight

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

Discovery dates

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

Personal details

Found by: This information is restricted for your login.
Recorded by: Mrs Kate Sumnall
Identified by: Mr John Clark

Materials and construction

Primary material: Iron
Manufacture method: Cast
Completeness: Complete

Spatial metadata

Region: London (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Greater London Authority (Greater London Authority)
District: Hammersmith and Fulham (London Borough)
Parish or ward: Sands End (London Borough Ward)

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
Discovery circumstances: Found whilst clearing on the Thames
Current location: Thames 21
General landuse: Open fresh water
Specific landuse: Running water

References cited

No references cited so far.

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Timeline of associated dates

Audit data

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

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