Hellebust, Vik, Gaular, Sogn og Fjordane, Norway
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.