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Marc Ferr




Location: Trento, Italy
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PostPosted: Thu 12 Sep, 2019 7:50 am    Post subject: Birka viking spear         Reply with quote

Good day everyone!
I am currently planning on reproducing a viking era spear head from Birka, grave 605B (http://translate.google.com/translate?hl=en&langpair=sv|en&u=http://mis.historiska.se/mis/sok/bild.asp?uid=338936).


As you can see the socket looks almost square shaped, and I've never seen one like this before..

I was wondering if it's the original shape? Or do you think it took some kind of damage?

Deyr f, deyja frndr, deyr sjalfr it sama, en orstrr deyr aldregi, hveim er sr gan getr.
Deyr f, deyja frndr, deyr sjalfr it sama, ek veit einn, at aldrei deyr: dmr um dauan hvern.
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Craig Shira




Location: California
Joined: 02 Feb 2007

Posts: 39

PostPosted: Wed 20 Jan, 2021 1:50 pm    Post subject: Perhaps         Reply with quote

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I realize I am replying to a post from 2019 in 2021, but I didn't see a reply.

My thought is that the square socket might be intentional. I don't have experience with Viking era spears; however, I know that square and octagonal shafts were used on Renaissance-era edged polearms. Having a flat surface on the haft allowed the user to align the cutting edge by feeling the flat edges of the haft. Perhaps this Viking-era spear used a square haft for similar reasons.

I will admit that I am guessing based on an entirely different time period.

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