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Grave goods (reconstruction)

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original from Balnakeil, Durness, Sutherland

Postcard of Grave goods (reconstruction).
000-000-099-770-C

Grave goods (reconstruction)

This picture shows reconstructions of some Viking grave goods associated with textiles and fishing. They were found in a boy's grave at Balnakeil near Durness in Sutherland along with adult weapons and various objects. The burial dates from sometime between 850 and 900.

Pictured here are a pumice stone, pair of iron shears, iron needles and a wooden needle divider bound with thread, and an iron fishhook and thread.

The actual objects were very corroded and fragmentary, but x-rays and other scientific analysis, together with comparisons to other better preserved examples, have been used for these reconstructions. Unusually, traces of organic materials such as the thread survived.


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Online ID: 000-000-099-770-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0036: Kiloran Bay Viking Burial (multimedia essay)
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  TMT: DC02
Date: Reconstruction: 1998; Original objects: between 850 and 900
Material: Iron; Thread; Stone (pumice); Wood
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Subject: Archaeology / Death and Burial / Vikings
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Where: Scotland, Sutherland, Durness, Balnakeil (original found here)
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Description: These are reconstructions of some Viking grave goods associated with textiles and fishing. The originals were found in a boy's grave at Balnakeil near Durness in Sutherland. There are a pumice stone, pair of iron shears, iron needles and a wooden needle divider bound with thread, and an iron fishhook and thread.
References:
  • Graham-Campbell, James and Batey, Colleen E. Vikings in Scotland. An Archaeological Survey. Edinburgh: University Press, 1998, pp 140-2. 
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