Record Details

NHER Number:4812
Type of record:Find Spot
Name:Late Saxon/ Viking spearhead socket (poorly located)


An iron spearhead found deep in peat at Whithing Fen has been dated to the Viking period. The exact nature and circumstances of this find remain unknown.

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Full description

Iron spearhead with two rivet holes in socket, found on Carter's estate 3m (10ft) deep in peat.
See (S1) and (S2).
R. R. Clarke (NCM).

Interpreted as a tubular closed socket of Viking date. Actually found at Whithing Fen.
Held by NCM, see (S3).
R. R. Clarke (NCM).

Monument Types

  • FINDSPOT (Late Saxon - 851 AD to 1065 AD)

Associated Finds

  • SPEAR (Early Saxon - 411 AD to 650 AD)

Protected Status - none

Sources and further reading

---Record Card: NAU Staff. 1974-1988. Norfolk Archaeological Index Primary Record Card.
---Record Card: Clarke, R. R. and NCM Staff. 1933-1973. Norwich Castle Museum Record Card - Late Saxon. Northwold.
<S1>Serial: 1846. NNAS. N. NA. S.. vol.4 p.Xi.
<S2>Article in Serial: 1847. Appendix. Extracts from the Proceedings of the Committee. Norfolk Archaeology. Vol I pp 363-375. p 373.
<S3>Publication: Norwich Castle Museum. Catalogue of Antiquities in Norwich Castle Museum. No 560.

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