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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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B7653 (B7653) - iron staff

object; 900-1000; not skaldic;

Historisk museum i Bergen
Location: Arnestad;

contents from the ONP and skaldic databases:

object/burial information
description:

Find place:

Arnestad, Gjemmestad, Gloppen, Sogn og Fjordane, Norway

Context:

Grave

Grave type:

A cremation layer under mound. Most of the remains of the deceased person were placed in an iron cauldron. The whole cremation layer was probably covered with birch bark.

Finds:

An iron staff; two oval brooches (type P47); two round brooches of bronze; five bronze pendants; a fragmentarily preserved, elongated bronze pendant; three elongated beads (quartz?); a large red bead; two stone spindle-whorls; an iron weaving sword; fragments of an iron weaving comb; fragments of shears; a handle of a frying pan; an iron cauldron (used as a container for human bones); remains of a wooden bucket; three fragments of an iron sickle; an unidentified iron tool; a horse bit with rings; a blade of an iron knife; fragments of an iron plate with a rivet (possibly a part of a chest-lock); rivets; iron fittings; a small iron bowl (perhaps originally a part of scales); small drops of green glass.

Placement of the staff within the grave:

Unknown

Total length of the staff:

84cm, but originally it could have been around 85cm, because the lower end is broken.

Weight of the staff:

?

Cross section of the shaft (shape):

Square

Width of the shaft:

1cm and thinning towards the end.

Length of the ‘handle’ measured from the upper part/tip of the staff:

12cm

Length of the ‘handle’ measured from the upper part of the upper mount to the lower end of the lower mount:

10.9cm

Number of rods:

Originally there were probably five of them. Currently only one rod is preserved complete. The rod is twisted.

Rings:

No rings

Length of rods:

8.8cm, but they must be a little longer because they are fitted under the mounts.

Description of the plate:

Figs. 1a – 1b: The ‘handle’ of the staff.

Fig. 2: The lower end of the staff with a sharp point.

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