Trå, Granvin, Ulvik, Hordaland, Norway
An inhumation under a mound. Inside the mound there were remains of wood and iron nails which indicates that the deceased was laid in a chest. The grave assemblage suggests that the deceased was probably a woman.
An iron staff; two oval brooches (Rygh’s type R651, Petersen’s variant 51F) of bronze with gold gilding and silver wire adornments; a partly preserved trefoil brooch of bronze with gold-gilding decorated in Borre style.
An iron chain-necklace including: thirteen glass beads (yellow, red, orange, green, white with green spots, light-blue with yellow spots); a coiled snake pendant; a silver staff-shaped pendant with eight pierced holes; a silver ring-shaped pendant; a strike-a-light shaped pendant; three small rings of twisted silver wire).
A number of loosely found beads; perhaps originally from a bracelet – one carnelian bead; four round rock-crystal beads; one fayense bead; one mosaic bead; nine glass beads (white, yellow, red-brown and green).
Remains of a wooden chest which included: a black glass smoother; a wool comb; an iron weaving sword; a spindle whorl; a knife.
Textile remains (very good quality wool); a frying pan; an iron scoop; an iron cauldron; a bronze ladle with two runic inscriptions; remains of a bronze hanging bowl; remains of a soapstone vessel; fragment of a glass vessel; remains of two whetstones; horse bits; harness mounts.
Placement of the staff within the grave:
Somewhere in the middle of the grave.
Total length of the staff:
88.5cm is preserved, but the item could have been around 90cm. The lower end of the object is broken off and missing.
Weight of the staff:
Cross section of the shaft (shape):
Width of the shaft:
Length of the ‘handle’ measured from the upper part/tip of the staff:
This is a very problematic find. Either only the lowest mount of the ‘handle’ is preserved or it never had a ‘basket handle’ at all. From the present condition of the find I am inclined to assume that the item did not belong to the ‘expanded handle’ type.
Description of the plate:
Fig. 1: Details of the iron mount of the staff.
Fig. 2: Fragments of a bronze hanging bowl.
Fig. 3: Fragment of a glass vessel.
Fig. 4: 2 oval brooches and a fragmented trefoil brooch.
Fig. 5: A black glass smoother and a steatite spindle whorl.
Fig. 6: A necklace and a bracelet.
Fig. 7: Fragments of a bronze scoop.
Fig. 8: A drawing of the fragmented bronze scoop and the runic inscription on its surface.