SwordPrevious owner: Previously owned by
, British, 1821 - 1861
Material and Medium: Iron
Dimensions: Length of individual sword pieces 72mm-210mm
Scabbard fragment approx 10mm long
Accession Number: J93.1163
This double-edged Anglo-Saxon sword was excavated by Thomas Bateman in 1850 in Lapwing Hill barrow. It was found inside a scabbard of wood and leather. Most of the scabbard rotted away after Bateman removed the object from the ground but there are still traces left on the sword.
Lapwing Hill barrow is near Brushfield, just outside of Buxton, Derbyshire. The earth mound covered a rock-cut grave. Inside this was a body and grave goods lying on the remains of a bed. This is the only example of such a burial in this part of the country. Discoveries of other bed burials have been concentrated in eastern and central-southern England.
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