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A #VikingAge #spear of Jan Petersen type K decorated with copper and silver. Dating from the 10th century. Found in Maarem, Telemark, Norway. Preserved length 45 cm, 300 gram. C29700d @Kulturhistorisk
The blade of the spear is also decorated. This is a form of #Patternwelding along the weld line attaching the edge steel to the core. It's often called Wolf's Tooth pattern.
The spear if from a grave with a double set of weapons, possibly two intermixed graves.
The Maarem spear is on display in the exhibition #Víkingr
Opens April 5th @Kulturhistorisk

This is a rollout view of the spears socket to give a better overview of the pattern. It's a composite picture I made from 16 photos.
The spear was in bad shape when I started #conservation work on it The initial concern was attaching the broken socket. Then I did some careful cleaning. I made trails with less abrasive sandblasting media & ended up using talc & some icing sugar to clean the silver & copper
Before attaching the broken of socket I did some macroscopic wood analysis of the mineralized remains of the shaft inside. It can clearly be seen to be made from ring-porous wood, in this case ash (Fraxinus) split of from a larger log.
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