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In 1066, Norman archers depicted on the Bayeux Tapestry shot arrows with a short chest draw, barbed heads and straight, short fletchings with wide flattened nocks.


The Hastings arrow brings together the functional elements from the Bayeux Tapestry with archaeological finds to make the most likely arrow to have been used on the field at Hastings.


The arrowshaft is a copy of the DWP11 from Dublin, which was found complete from nock to arrowhead, the arrowhead is a tanged barbed head from Fishamble Street, Dublin and the fletchings are bound with flax into a birch tar glue, as with DWP11.




Dating - 1000 - 1150

Arrowhead - Halpin Type 3 (Fishamble Street, Dublin [E172:9432])

Arrowshaft timber - Scots pine

Arrowshaft profile - Dublin arrow DWP11

Original draw length - 539mm (21.2")

Nock - Flattened

Bindings - Flax

Glue - Birch tar


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