Lead isotope analysis of pewter mounts from the Viking ship burial at Gokstad

on the origin and use of raw materials

U. Pedersen*, T. Andersen, S. Simonsen, M. Erambert

*Corresponding author for this work

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Lead isotope analysis was combined with an investigation of style and technology in a study of pewter mounts from the Viking ship burial at Gokstad, Norway. The different methods reinforced one another and yielded a detailed picture of a ninth-century working process, demonstrating the potential of applying lead isotope analysis to artefact studies independent of the question of provenance. They provided evidence of the mounts being produced as a set, and signs of mixing demonstrate that it is important to be cautious when discussing provenance. England and Melle, France are indicated to be the most likely origin of the lead.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)148-163
Number of pages16
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sep 2016
Externally publishedYes



  • Scandinavia
  • Gokstad
  • Viking period
  • lead isotope
  • pewter artefact
  • metalworking

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