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  • Object type

  • Museum number


  • Description

    Iron sword, metal components well preserved. Leaf-shaped blade, with pronounced mid-rib flanked on each face by two shallow, longitudinal grooves. Concave sloping shoulders near the hilt. The cross-section of the tang is a flattened-oval, and maintains constant width to the tip, which is slightly recessed. Steeply bell-shaped copper alloy hilt-guard mount, rectangular in section, and finely milled along one edge. On the tang there are two thin, oval copper alloy washers, with worn milling around the edge. On the tang-end there is a C-shaped copper alloy mount, also with milled edges.


  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 450 BC - 320 BC (circa)
  • Findspot

  • Materials

  • Type series

    • La Tène I
  • Dimensions

    • Weight: 293 grammes
    • Length: 495 millimetres
    • Width: 54.2 millimetres (hilt, max)
    • Thickness: 12.7 millimetres (hilt, max)
  • Bibliography

    • Raftery 1983 No. 239, p.88, figs.101, 104 bibliographic details
  • Location

    On display: G50/dc30

  • Acquisition name

  • Department

    Britain, Europe and Prehistory

  • Registration number


Iron sword, with three copper alloy plates at handle.

Iron sword, with three copper alloy plates at handle.

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