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A sword with traces of the organic scabbard in the corrosion products. The sword is 615 mm long, its blade is 485 mm long and about 38 mm wide at the top. It has a low campanulate iron hilt end, 12 mm high, and the tang is burred at the top. The handle had been made from two pieces of horn with vertical grain, but they were not separated by a metal washer.
Mineral-preserved wood – 'Acer sp.’ (maple), 'Tilia sp.’ (lime) or 'Prunus sp.’ (cherry) -was found on both sides of the blade, and was thinner than comparable remains on other Rudston swords. The scabbard seems to have been made from two pieces of wood, and there is no trace of a leather cover. With bag of small fragments.
Length: 485 millimetres (blade)
Length: 615 millimetres
Width: 38 millimetres (top of blade)
- Curator's comments
- Stead 2006
From burial 163, with a flexed skeleton and an iron fitting from a shield, Stead 1991a: 70, 74 and 205, figs 54 and 113.
See also 1975,0503.1, 1975,0503.38, 1976,0504.17 , 1975,0503.11, 1975,0503.34, 1991,1001.13, 1976,0504.1 and 1991,1001.8.
- Not on display
- Britain, Europe and Prehistory
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