Thomas William Bateman
Date Made/Found: 800-400 BC
, 1852 - 1895
, British, 1821 - 1861
Material and Medium: Copper Alloy
Dimensions: Length of whole object 705mm; Length of blade c.580mm; Length of tang c.125mm; Width of blade (max) 38mm; Width of tang (max) 60mm; Thickness of blade (max) 8mm; Thickness of hilt (max) 16mm; Depth of whole object (including curved blade) c.50mm
Place Object Found:
North East Yorkshire
Accession Number: J93.436
Increased amounts of arms and armour suggest that elite people were becoming more warrior-like towards the end of the Bronze Age. These objects are often found in rivers and bogs rather than in graves. Watery places were seen as sacred during the later Bronze Age and Iron Age.
This style of early Iron Age sword was developed in southern England but examples are found all over Europe, usually in the graves of horsemen. It was found with a chape, a fitting which protected the end of the wooden or leather scabbards which held the sword, in Ebberston, North Yorkshire.
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