HESH-88C729: Medieval: Arrowhead

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ARROWHEAD

Unique ID: HESH-88C729

Object type certainty: Certain
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A probable complete forged iron arrowhead of post conquest medieval date (1100 - 1350). The arrowhead is broadly sub-triangular in plan with a central spine which extends from the tip to a hollow (?) socket. Two sub-triangular blades expand from either side of the spine; these are relatively short and stubby. One blade is better preserved than the other. In cross section the arrowhead is broadly diamond shape with a prominent spine / mid-rib. The arrowhead (without the socket) measures 37.9mm length, 26.0mm width. The socket is incomplete / broken (length: 43.5mm) and only one face survives. The socket expands in section toward the base which has a measurement of 22.8mm diameter at the base. The overall condition of the arrowhead is poor and the metal has been stablised by the finder as it was partially laminated when discovered. Similar examples (sub-classified in Jessop's paper cf 6) have been found particularly at castle excavations including Goltho Manor (11th century), Castle Acre (12th century) as well as Rumney Castle and Bramber Castle (13th/ 14th century). Jessop suggests that these arrowheads were mainly used for hunting and span a wide date range from the 11th-14th centuries.

The arrowhead measures 66.3mm length, 26.0mm width, 21.4mm thickness. It weighs 7.89 grams.

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder

Chronology

Broad period: MEDIEVAL
Period from: MEDIEVAL
Period to: MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 1150
Date to: Circa AD 1400

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 66.3 mm
Width: 26 mm
Thickness: 21.4 mm
Weight: 7.89 g

Personal details

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Recorded by: Mr Peter Reavill
Identified by: Mr Peter Reavill

Other reference numbers

Other reference: Shropshire Museum Service; Object Entry Form: E.01960

Materials and construction

Primary material: Iron
Completeness: Incomplete

Spatial metadata

Region: Eastern (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Hertfordshire (County)
District: North Hertfordshire (District)
To be known as: Barkway

Spatial coordinates


Grid reference source: From finder
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 1 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
General landuse: Cultivated land
Specific landuse: Operations to a depth greater than 0.25m

References cited

No references cited so far.

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Audit data

Recording Institution: HESH
Created: 4 months ago
Updated: 2 months ago

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