Grave Goods - A Viking Age cemetery at Pierowall on Westray in Orkney. Some of the finer objects from the more than 15 graves excavated include a brass oval brooch from a woman's grave, a tinned bronze drinking terminal mount, and a refashioned gilt bronze Irish/Pictish brooch with glass settings. A number of weapons were also found, including the two spears, a sword , a shield boss, and a very unusual axe hammer. The burials date from between 850 and 950. http://nms.scran.ac.uk/

Grave Goods - A Viking Age cemetery at Pierowall on Westray in Orkney. Some of the finer objects from the more than 15 graves excavated include a brass oval brooch from a woman's grave, a tinned bronze drinking terminal mount, and a refashioned gilt bronze Irish/Pictish brooch with glass settings. A number of weapons were also found, including the two spears, a sword , a shield boss, and a very unusual axe hammer. The burials date from between 850 and 950. http://nms.scran.ac.uk/

These objects were found in a woman's grave at Westness on Rousay in Orkney. She died in childbirth and was buried with her valuable jewellery and a range of tools between 850 and 900. The grave goods show that she was a woman of wealth and status.  Some of the objects, such as the oval brooches and necklace, were brought over from Scandinavia. Others, such as the brooch pin, brooch made from a Gospel book plate and strap ends derive from the British Isles, obtained by looting or trade.

These objects were found in a woman's grave at Westness on Rousay in Orkney. She died in childbirth and was buried with her valuable jewellery and a range of tools between 850 and 900. The grave goods show that she was a woman of wealth and status. Some of the objects, such as the oval brooches and necklace, were brought over from Scandinavia. Others, such as the brooch pin, brooch made from a Gospel book plate and strap ends derive from the British Isles, obtained by looting or trade.

This picture shows some of the grave goods buried with a wealthy Scandinavian woman at Westness on Rousay in Orkney. Along with valuable jewellery, she was also buried with a range of tools, including those illustrated here.  The iron tools pictured here were used for making textiles. They include a long weaving sword used to push the weft together when weaving, remains of two heckles for combing plant fibres, a set of shears and a small sickle or reaping hook.

This picture shows some of the grave goods buried with a wealthy Scandinavian woman at Westness on Rousay in Orkney. Along with valuable jewellery, she was also buried with a range of tools, including those illustrated here. The iron tools pictured here were used for making textiles. They include a long weaving sword used to push the weft together when weaving, remains of two heckles for combing plant fibres, a set of shears and a small sickle or reaping hook.

"Chamber grave from Haugen in Rolvsøy" by Even Ballangrud Andersen. Gives background to the Haugen find, but sadly doesn't say where the scanned-in drawing is from.

"Chamber grave from Haugen in Rolvsøy" by Even Ballangrud Andersen. Gives background to the Haugen find, but sadly doesn't say where the scanned-in drawing is from.

Leather sheath (reconstructed) and metal fittings from Birka (Historiska museet)

Leather sheath (reconstructed) and metal fittings from Birka (Historiska museet)

These brass oval brooches, lignite bangle and amber bead were found with a bronze ringed pin and burnt bones at Lamba Ness on Sanday in Orkney.

These brass oval brooches, lignite bangle and amber bead were found with a bronze ringed pin and burnt bones at Lamba Ness on Sanday in Orkney.

Iciegarth, Sanday, Orkney - Fragment of single-sided composite bone comb, about half of the bar preserved. Bar formed of two bone strips, the teeth (all broken off short) sawn in separate bone plates and all fastened together with bronze rivets. The sawing off the teeth was done after the plates had been rivetted in place. LIA type, probably belonging to post-broch horizon. Hunterian Museum Archaeology collections: GLAHM B.1914.792

Iciegarth, Sanday, Orkney - Fragment of single-sided composite bone comb, about half of the bar preserved. Bar formed of two bone strips, the teeth (all broken off short) sawn in separate bone plates and all fastened together with bronze rivets. The sawing off the teeth was done after the plates had been rivetted in place. LIA type, probably belonging to post-broch horizon. Hunterian Museum Archaeology collections: GLAHM B.1914.792

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