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property of a powerful person.
(Photo : Mari Karlstad, Tromsø Museum)
One of the best preserved burial-mounds is situated in this area, it is 18 m in diameter and 2 m in height. In 1930, during ploughing, the local farmer Ferdinand Eltoft discovered a sword in his field. Together with this sword there was an axe and an arrow hilt which today are lost. The farmer probably ploughed through a grave and the sword is today exhibited at the Viking museum at Borg. The owner of this sword must have been a powerful person; the grip consists of 6 bronze-plates, connected with nails, decorated with silver (probably made during the 9th century). The large burial-mound and artefacts indicate that the area was important in the context of its political, economic and social status in Iron Age society.
- Topographical archive, Museum of Tromsø
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Vestvågøy Sites and Artefacts
Mayo - Vestvågøy - Mid-Argyll
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