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Iron pattern-welded sword blade, heavily oxidised; the blade is broad and tapers slightly towards the pointed tip. Near the hilt, two circular indentations mark the position of the two sheath bosses 1939,1010.26-27. Traces of the wooden sheath remain on the blade (1939,1010.95.C). For the hilt fittings, see 1939,1010.19-25.
- Excavated/Findspot: Sutton Hoo, Ship-burial Mound: 1
- (Europe,United Kingdom,England,Suffolk,Sutton (parish),Sutton Hoo)
- Length: 72 centimetres (blade)
- Length: 85.4 centimetres (overall, with scabbard and hilt)
The Sutton Hoo sword was not restored from fragments - it was lifted as a solid but rusted unit. A more proper description, based on the catalogue entry in Sutton Hoo, Volume I. p. 441, would read: pattern-welded iron blade rusted in an oxydised fur-lined wooden scabbard, bound round the top with tapes. ACE, 25 June 1990. Attached to 1939,1010.19 Attached to 1939,1010.20 Attached to 1939,1010.21 Attached to 1939,1010.22 Attached to 1939,1010.23 Attached to 1939,1010.24 Attached to 1939,1010.25
2002 13 Mar-26 Sep, Woodbridge, The National Trust-Sutton Hoo Exhibition Centre, Warriors
1980 10 Mar-30 Sep, Sweden, Stockholm, Statens Historika Museum, The Vikings are Here
Britain, Europe and Prehistory
- 1939,10-10,28 (former number)
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Object reference number: MCS7899
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