SUR-0BA197: Roman: Sword hilt fragment

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Unique ID: SUR-0BA197

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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.

Find of note status

This is a find of note and has been designated: Potential for inclusion in Britannia

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: ROMAN
Period from: ROMAN
Date from: Circa AD 40
Date to: Circa AD 120

Dimensions and weight

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

Discovery dates

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

Personal details

Found by: This information is restricted for your login.
Recorded by: Mr David W Williams
Identified by: Mr David W Williams

Other reference numbers

Other reference: 12-60

Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy
Secondary material: Iron
Manufacture method: Cast
Completeness: Incomplete
Surface Treatment: Inlaid with niello

Spatial metadata

Region: South East (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Surrey (County)
District: Waverley (District)
Parish or ward: Cranleigh (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

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

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
General landuse: Cultivated land

References cited

No references cited so far.

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Audit data

Recording Institution: SUR
Created: 6 years ago
Updated: 2 years ago

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