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Iron spearhead from Burradon (Netherton with Biddlestone)

An iron spearhead was found at Burradon in 1860. It lay about two feet under the ground and the outside of the socket is richly inlaid with silver filigree work. The design has lozenges, filled with smaller lozenges, diagonally crossing lines and a sort of scroll work. This type of decoration is of Greek origin and uncommon on Anglo-Saxon objects in Britain. The spearhead may be Anglo-Saxon and ninth century in date.

Reference number:N1123
Historical period: Early Medieval (410 to 1066)

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Source of Reference
Local History of Netherton with Biddlestone
Local History of Netherton with Biddlestone


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