Anglo-Saxon sword

Photo: Sussex Archaeological Society
Object type: Sword
Period: Anglo-Saxon
Primary material: Iron
Date found: 01/02/2022
Location: Wealden, East Sussex


An Anglo-Saxon, Viking style sword dating to c. 850-1050 AD. Vikings passed down their swords from one generation to the next and so it is possible that some were used over a couple of centuries.

The sword was found in the submerged banks of a watercourse. In 1916, dredging operations in the river Colne near Colchester yielded a number of 8th century Saxon weapons. It was suggested in this case that the river was a place of deliberate deposition, perhaps as a gift to the gods to secure victory.

It is a Find of Note: County importance