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A sword with mineral-preserved organics from its scabbard. The sword is 573 mm long, its blade is 442 mm long and 36 mm wide at the top. Fragments of an iron hilt end define a high campanulate shape, about 15 mm high. The tang terminates in a pronounced button surmounting a 4 mm deep washer. There are clear divisions in the three-part horn handle, but no washers to separate them. The pommel has horizontal grain, and the grip and the guard have vertical grain.
The mineral-preserved wood of the scabbard could not be identified, but substantial remains on the lower part of the blade (7-8 mm thick in the centre) showed the recessed construction and seemed to have a bordering groove on the back. There were traces of a leather cover on both sides of the scabbard. With a bag of small fragments.
Length: 442 millimetres (blade)
Length: 573 millimetres
Width: 36 millimetres (top of blade)
- Curator's comments
- Stead 2006
From burial 174, with an extended skeleton, seven spearheads, two bone points, two bone toggles and perhaps a wooden shield, Stead 1991a: 71, 74 and 206-8, figs 54 and 114.
See also 1975,0503.1, 1975,0503.38,1976.0504.14, 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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