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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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B3308b (B3308b) - iron staff

object; 900-1000; not skaldic;

Historisk museum i Bergen
Location: Vatne;

contents from the ONP and skaldic databases:

object/burial information

Find place:

Vatne, Seim, Alversund, Hordaland, Norway



Grave type:

An elongated and low grave mound in the center of which cremated human bones were deposited. The grave’s assemblage suggests that the cremated individual was a woman.


An iron staff; an iron scoop with a long handle; an iron weaving sword (the item was deliberately bent and broken); fragments of a whalebone weaving sword; iron shears; fragments of a sickle; fragments of an iron knife’s blade; fragments of a horse bit; an oval brooch (with traces of fire); a flat four sided brooch with animal ornamentation.

Placement of the staff within the grave:


Total length of the staff:


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:

No ‘handle’


The object is preserved in a fairly good condition. Similarly to the staff from Trå, it is difficult to say whether or not it had a ‘handle’.

Description of the plate:

Fig. 1: Details of the mount of the ‘handle’.

Fig. 2: An overhead view of the top of the staff.

Fig. 3: The upper part of the staff.

Fig. 4: The lower end of the staff with a sharp point.

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