The armour had been carefully folded up and placed together in a wooden box in the burial. The meticulous Swedish excavators found a total of 21 iron splints plus fragments of leather straps which had originally held them together and remnants of iron ring-mail. These iron strips fell naturally into three sets of seven, based on the length of the strips and number of straps.
|Initial reconstruction; disproven|
I recall visiting the University of Uppsala about 15 years ago and seeing the initial reconstruction of this armour. It had been assembled onto a concrete torso as body armour, with mail on the shoulders and the 14 longer splints hanging down over the chest at the front. The shorter (Group 1) splints had been reconstructed as upper arm armour. It looked wrong then and, on my return home, I was quickly able to demonstrate by reconstruction that the concept was erroneous.