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knife

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    2001,0103.11

  • Description

    Iron knife in scabbard with hogged back, rounded shoulder and sharp elbow to curving blade. Traces of ?degraded mineralised textile and bag of fragments.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 6thC
  • Findspot

  • Materials

  • Dimensions

    • Length: 139 millimetres (overall)
    • Length: 96 millimetres (blade)
  • Exhibition history

    Exhibited:

    2013 22 Mar-27 Oct, Woodbridge, Sutton Hoo Visitor Centre, Before Sutton Hoo

  • Conservation

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    Treatment date

    19 February 2013

    Treatment proposal

    Reattach detached fragment and check object for stability under microscope and consolidate if necessary.

    Condition

    There is a small detached fragment which needs to be rejoined to the object. other wise the object is in a fair condition.

    Treatment details

    The loose fragment was reattached using HMG Paraloid B72 (methyl ethyl methacrlylate) and the surrounding area consolidated using 10 % Paraloid in Acetone (propan-1-one/dimethyl ketone).

    About these records 

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    2001

  • Acquisition notes

    Finds were discovered during the archaeological excavations before the Visitor Centre was constructed. The National trust donated all of the finds to the British Museum.

  • Department

    Britain, Europe and Prehistory

  • Registration number

    2001,0103.11

  • Additional IDs

    • SF2054 (Small find number)
Iron knife in scabbard with hogged back, rounded shoulder and sharp elbow to curving blade. Traces of ?degraded mineralised textile

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