MHG1415 - Sword - nr Haimer


Findspot of Viking swords.

Type and Period (1)

  • FINDSPOT (CULTURE 700; CULTURE 1000; , Early Medieval to Norse - 700 AD to 1300 AD)

Protected Status

  • None recorded

Full Description

The Rev A Pope records a find of Viking swords in a peat bank near the house of Haimar, and dismisses them as "odd machines of rusty iron resembling ploughshares".
J Anderson 1875; 1883; T Torfaeus 1866.

Some of the weapons - "ugly looking machines resembling ploughshares" - said to have been used at the Battle of Clardon Hill in 1196 (ND16NW 14 and ND16NE 16) were found in a peat moss near the Dam of Broynach (name: ND 147 668).
Name Book 1872; J T Calder 1861.

No further info. Visited by OS (E G C) 18 April 1962.

No change after enquiries at Thurso and Wick Museums.
Visited by OS (J M) 16 February 1982.

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Grid reference Centred ND 1469 6680 (4m by 4m) (Buffered by site type)
Map sheet ND16NW
Civil Parish THURSO
Geographical Area CAITHNESS

Finds (1)

  • SWORD (Norse - 800 AD to 1300 AD)

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