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St Patrick's Isle Pagan Lady Burial Knife

Date made: Viking: 800-1265

Description: Found in two pieces (1984-0016/21a and /21b), broken across the hilt, or handle, this knife was originally in a sheath, the remains of which form fibrous material at the blade tip. The hilt is decorated with twisted silver wires. Fragments of silver and iron wire (1984-0016/40) probably associated with this knife.

Found on the floor of the grave in the central pelvic region, the knife may originally have been suspended from the waist.

This type of knife is more common in England than Scandinavia.

Measurements: 215 mm

Materials: silver, steel, wood

Date found: 1984

Object name: knife

Collection: Archaeology Collection

ID number: 1984-0016/21


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