Hilt guard from Iron Age sword

Photo: Surrey County Council CC BY SA2.0
Object type: Sword
Period: Iron Age
Primary material: Copper alloy
Date found: 27/12/2021
Location: East Hampshire


This piece of metal could easily have been dismissed but it is a Find of Note of Regional Importance. It is a “Crown” type hilt guard dating to 100 BC – 100 AD. The crown-shaped hilt-end is a British iron Age innovation.