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From Jarlshof, Shetland and Westness, Rousay, Orkney

Postcard of Hooks.
© National Museums Scotland


These iron hooks were found at Jarlshof in Shetland and Westness on Rousay in Orkney. They were used by Scandinavian settlers sometime between 800 and 1100.

The hook on the left is made from a square-sectioned rod and has a barbed point. The other end is broken. The middle hook is similar, but has a barb on the inner side of the point only, and the other end is looped back.

Hooks and gorges were used with lines, bait and line-weights for fishing. The larger the fish, the larger the hook needed to be. Gorges were designed to swivel round and lodge in the mouth of a fish. Tools to remove hooks and gorges were also used.

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Online ID: 000-100-102-598-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  X.1997.125
Date: 800 - 1100 AD
800 - 1100 AD
800 - 1100 AD
Between 800 and 1100
Material: Iron; made from square section rod; barb on inner side of point, other end looped back
Iron; made from square section rod; barbed point; other end broken
Dimensions: 2.00" L
4.30" L
What: Hook
Where: Scotland, Orkney, Rousay, Westness
Scotland, Shetland, Sumburgh, Jarlshof
Scotland, Shetland, Sumburgh, Jarlshof
Description: Iron hook from Jarlshof, 800 - 1100 AD
Iron hook from Jarlshof, 800 - 1100 AD
Iron hook from Westness, Orkney, 800 - 1100 AD
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