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Unique ID: SUR-0BA197

Object type certainty: Certain
Workflow status: Published Find validated and published by finds advisers

A guard or component from the hilt of a Roman, or late Iron Age, sword or dagger of 1st century AD date. Part of the tang/blade junction survives within. The guard retains slight traces of niello lines on the edges and on the collar. The surviving tang measures 18.63mm x c8mm and the blade measures 36.17mm x 6.65mm.

An idea of how such hilt guards were used can be gained from the swords found at Cotterdale, Yorkshire (MacGregor 1976, no.143) and Hod Hill, Dorset (Manning 1985 149, V3), the latter probably being a Roman sword.


Similar examples are DUR-05EFC7 and NMGW-9D6CA5. A more decorative example is HESH-782C85. The findspot in a Wealden parish is highly unusual.

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: ROMAN
Period from: ROMAN [scope notes | view all attributed records]
Date from: Circa AD 40
Date to: Circa AD 120

Dimensions and weight

Length: 54 mm
Width: 27.2 mm
Thickness: 18.29 mm
Weight: 33.5 g
Quantity: 1

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Sunday 4th December 2011

Personal details

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Recorded by: Mr David W Williams - [ view all attributed records]
Identified by: Mr David W Williams - [view all attributed records]

Other reference numbers

Other reference: 12-60

Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy [scope notes | view all attributed records]
Secondary material: Iron [scope notes| view all attributed records]
Manufacture method: Cast [scope notes | view all attributed records]
Completeness: Incomplete [scope notes | view all attributed records]
Surface Treatment: Inlaid with niello [scope notes | view all attributed records]

A resized image of Roman: Sword hilt fragment

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Spatial metadata

Region: South East
County: Surrey
District: Waverley
Parish: Cranleigh

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: TQ0534
Four figure Latitude: 51.095705 Four figure longitude: -0.501924
1:25K map: TQ0534
1:10K map: TQ03SE
WOEID: 26350907
Grid reference source: GPS (from the finder)
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 1 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector [scope notes]
General landuse: Cultivated land[scope notes]

References cited

No references cited so far.

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Created: Wednesday 14th March 2012
Updated: Wednesday 19th June 2013

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