NARC-746EE5: Anglo-Saxon Spearhead

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Unique ID: NARC-746EE5

Object type certainty: Certain
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An Anglo-Saxon socketed iron spearhead. This object is suffering from quite severe iron corrosion and is very fragile. The item is 384 mm long and weighs 302 g. It is 47 mm wide at its widest point, near the socket, decreasing to 13 mm towards the tip. The tip has, however, been broken off and is missing. The spearhead's socket is 92 mm long and is 23.5 mm in diameter. Traces of the wooden spear shaft's fibres remain within the socket.


This item was found alongside an iron sword blade and an iron knife blade. The objects were taken to Leicester University where they were x-rayed, and given an early Anglo-Saxon date. The finder is seeking to donate them to a museum.

Class: Spearhead

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
Date from: AD 410
Date to: AD 1066

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 384 mm
Width: 47 mm
Thickness: 4.6 mm
Weight: 302 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Tuesday 1st April 2003

Personal details

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Identified by: Dr Tom Brindle

Materials and construction

Primary material: Iron
Completeness: Incomplete

Spatial metadata

Region: South East (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Milton Keynes (Unitary Authority)
District: Milton Keynes (Unitary Authority)
Parish or ward: Weston Underwood (Civil Parish)

References cited

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Audit data

Recording Institution: NARC
Created: 15 years ago
Updated: 8 years ago

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