Vatne, Seim, Alversund, Hordaland, Norway
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:
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.