- Museum number
An incomplete iron sword with the mineral-preserved remains of the scabbard. The sword lacks its tang, and perhaps the top of the blade, but it is not a recent break and there was no hint of a missing piece in the grave. Now 452 mm long and 38 mm wide at the highest point it can be measured. The blade is lenticular in section, has more or less parallel sides and the tip seems to have been pointed.
The scabbard was made of wood, 'Fraxinus sp.’ (ash). Near the bottom, and in the centre, of one face, it was at least 11 mm thick. On the other face, the wood was covered with fleece, with the fur side towards the blade.
Length: 452 millimetres
Width: 38 millimetres (maximum)
- Curator's comments
- Stead 2006
From burial 57, with an extended skeleton and a spearhead, Stead 1991a: 71, 74 and 194, fig. 106.
See also 1975,0503.1, 1975,0503.38, 1976,0504.17, 1976,0504.14, 1975,0503.34, 1991,1001.13, 1976,0504.1 and 1991,1001.8.
- Not on display
- Britain, Europe and Prehistory
- Registration number
- Additional IDs
Excavation/small finds number: FN/DR (find/site code)