Record Details

NHER Number:24060
Type of record:Find Spot
Name:Viking or Danish spade


A Danish or Viking wooden spade was uncovered during land clearance by mechanical excavator. There are similar spades dated 500 AD and 870 AD, and others carried on Viking longships. Similar spades can also be seen portrayed on the Bayeux tapestry.

Images - none


Grid Reference:TG 1688 0861
Map Sheet:TG10NE

Full description

22 September 1987.
Found in large 'pit' of peat containing sedges and rushes by grab digging out gravel - at about 5.5m (18 feet) below surface. Wooden object 1.5m (55.5 inches) long found hanging from grab bucket which had damaged the shaft about 46cm (18 inches) from the end. Object immersed in water on 2 October 1987.
Inf [1].
See (S1).
W. Milligan (NCM) 2 October 1987.

Suggested by G. Lerche, Danish National Museum, as Danish wooden spade similar to types dated 870 and 500 AD
but also carried in Viking longships.
See (S1) and (S2).
E. Rose (NAU) 22 February 1988.

Monument Types

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

Associated Finds

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

Protected Status - none

Sources and further reading

---Newspaper Article: Eastern Daily Press. 1988. Detective job for experts. 12 April.
---Record Card: NAU Staff. 1974-1988. Norfolk Archaeological Index Primary Record Card.
---Secondary File: Secondary File.
<S1>Illustration: Finds Illustrations.
<S2>Unpublished Document: Lerche, G.. 1988. Letter. 25 January.

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