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This has tentatively been identified as a part-processed tanged arrowhead of a style used on Norse arrows.


The arrowhead does not come from the same context as the two metalworking hearths already found. It was located on the left flank of the Norse army whereas the other hearths come from the right flank.

The arrowhead however, matches the methodology adopted where the other billets were produced. These are crudely shaped into axe heads found in the hoard beyond the right flank.

So this could be an example of an arrowhead that had been prepared for skilled armourers to finish. Because it is so typical of the Norse style, it provides further evidence for a battle. If this is from a larger metal working site, we would then have metal working just beyond the space where we believe the battle took place. This symmetry is impressive.

July 07