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Warfare in
Roman Britain

The Fulham Sword

Length: 56.300 cm

P&EE 1883 4-7 1

The Fulham Sword

Found in: the River Thames, London
Date: 1st century AD

Roman legionary soldiers used short, stabbing swords to fight one-to-one with their enemy. This sword was found in the River Thames and is very well preserved. Only its handle and the wooden or leather parts of its sheath are missing.

Can you see the wolf and two children on the bronze plate at the top of the sheath? The legend says that these two orphan boys, called Romulus and Remus, were raised by a she-wolf and later founded the city of Rome.