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Harpoon foreshaft

A harpoon is a spear with a detachable shaft. Both of these foreshafts are made of bone, and both have ivory loose-shafts. Collected 1826-7 by Peard on the voyage of...

Harpoon foreshaft

A harpoon is a spear with a detachable shaft. Both of these foreshafts are made of bone, and both have ivory loose-shafts. Collected 1826-7 by Peard on the voyage of...

Bow-drill bow

Decorated with a simple line and dot and circle motif. Collected 1826-7 by Peard on the voyage of HMS Blossom....

Palstave axehead

Axeheads like this were designed to be hafted to a wooden handle. The high flanges and cross ridge provided the seating for the spilt end of a wooden shaft....

Spearhead

Probably used as a throwing spear or javelin. The spearhead was lashed to the shaft through the loops either side of the socket.Devon Prehistory card record Bronze spearhead, leaf shaped Node,...

Mouthpiece

A bow drill consists of a mouthpiece, a cylindrical drill shaft of wood, and a drill bow. Points attached to drill shafts were stone, later of iron and steel....

Spear

Spears were used for hunting, for warfare and sometimes reflect the owner’s status. This spear has a decorated iron head and ferrule, and a wooden shaft decorated with brass studs...

Column shaft

The style of this fragment of carved stone shows it was once part of an expensive building, probably St Nicholas Priory in Exeter. The column is decorated with a spiral...

Arrow

Tri-pronged arrows are used for fishing. Fish (khelé) are traditionally shot with arrows and are caught using bait such as an ant’s nest resting on the surface of the...