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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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B 1166 (B 1166) - iron staff

object; 900-1000; not skaldic;

Historisk museum i Bergen
Location: Hellebust;

contents from the ONP and skaldic databases:

object/burial information

Find place:

Hellebust, Vik, Gaular, Sogn og Fjordane, Norway



Grave type:

A grave under a mound. It is unknown whether the burial involved cremation or inhumation. On the basis of weapons present in the grave it may be argued that the deceased was a man.


An iron staff; an iron spearhead; an iron sword; two iron axes; an iron rod; an iron hammer; three iron horse bits; an iron sickle; an iron spur; four iron arrowheads; fragments of a shield boss; twisted iron foil; a whetstone.

Placement of the staff within the grave:


Total length of the staff:

81.5cm, but the item could have been longer if there had been a ‘handle’ (which is hard to determine now).

Weight of the staff:


Cross section of the shaft (shape):


Width of the shaft:

Ca. 1cm and thinning towards a sharp end.


This object has only one mount in the upper part of the shaft. The upper part of the shaft is sharp and has the appearance of a spike. It seems that contrary to earlier descriptions of this find, the object did not have a ‘basket handle’.

Description of the plate:

Fig. 1a: Details of the mount of the staff.

Fig. 1b: Details of the ‘spike’ at the upper end of the staff.

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

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