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Eltoft

Site/Artefact
Eltoft

Type
Farm-mound, boat-house, dwelling, graves

Site Number
gnr 77

UTM Grid Reference
445230 East
7570116 North

Map ( 1:50000)
Topografisk Hovedkartserie - M711 No 1031 II

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swordThe sword must have been the
property of a powerful person.
(Photo : Mari Karlstad, Tromsø Museum)

Excavation Details
Not Available

Description
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.

Access/Ownership
Private property

References

Check out the following sections of the website for related information:

Vestvågøy Sites and Artefacts

1. Borg
2. Buksnesfjorden
3. Bøstad
4. Eggum
5. Einangen
6. Eltoft
7. Holsneset
8. Holsøya
9. Kvalnes
10. Moland
11. Nykmark
12. Skjerpen
13. Trollsteinen
14. Uttakleiv
15. Vendalsjord
16. The Stone Crosses
17. Malnes
18. Borg Burial Mounds
19. Borg Burial Mounds
20. Borg Roman House Site
21. Borg House Remains I:Ia
23. Borg I:Ib
24. Borg House Remains
25. Borg - Midden

26. Borg House Site
27. Borg House Sites
28. Borg Farm Ruins
29. Borg Medieval Sites
30. Borg Burial Mounds
31. Borg Possible Settlement
32. Borg Medieval House Site
33. Borg Boat Houses
34. Burial Mound
35. Burial Mound
36. Borg Burial Mound
37. Borg Modern Church
38. Bøstad Burial Cairn
39. Bøstad Removed Burials
40. Bøstad - Courtyard
41. Boat House and Burial
42. Bøstad House Sites
43. Bøstad Farm Mound
44. Rystad Boat Houses
45. Rystad Burial Mound
46. Burial and Farm Mound
47. Rystad Burial Mound
48. Rystad - Burials
49. Rystad Burial Cairn
50. Handberg Charcoal-Pits

51. Handberg Farm Mound
52. Handberg Charcoal Pit - 1
53. Handberg Charcoal Pit -2
54. Handberg Charcoal Pit - 3
55. Handberg Charcoal Pit - 4
56. Handberg Charcoal Pits
57. Handberg Charcoal Pit
58. Vendalsjord
59. Lie Burial Mound
60. Lie Boat House
61. Lie
62. Løvdal
63. Borgfjord Indre
64. Sletteng
65. Borgfjord Ytre
66. Ytre Borgfjord - Burial
67. Borgfjord Ytre
68. Ytre Borgfjord
69. Borgfjord Ytre
70. Hagvåg Boat House
71. Hagvåg Burial Mound
72. Hagvåg Bridge Construction
73. Evjen Farm Mound

 

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