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Iron sword with mineral-preserved organics, possibly from its scabbard. The end of the blade (42 mm long), which has a damaged tip, is separate and does not join. The sword is now about 500 mm long (+ at least 42 mm), its blade is about 402 mm (+ at least 42 mm) long and 38 mm wide at the top. The blade is relatively thin and has little discernible taper. Its shoulders slope steeply, and X-rays show the lines of the tang projecting well into the blade. The top of the tang has flaked. There are substantial remains of a wooden grip-cum-guard in one piece, probably 'Quercus sp.’ (oak), with vertical grain. It terminates at the bottom in a clear straight line, but there is no metal hilt end.
Some mineral-preserved skin on the blade may perhaps be derived from the scabbard. The scale patterns on the hairs have been covered by consolidator and cannot be identified. Also a bag of small fragments.
Length: 402 millimetres (blade)
Length: 500 millimetres
Width: 38 millimetres (top of blade)
- Curator's comments
- Stead 2006
From burial 107, with an extended skeleton, Stead 1991: 71, 74 and 201, figs 54 and 55.
See also 1975,0503.1, 1975,0503.38, 1976,0504.17, 1976.0504.14, 1975,0503.11, 1975,0503.34, 1991,1001.13 and 1976,0504.1.
- Not on display
- Britain, Europe and Prehistory
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