Sword from the ship burial at Sutton Hoo

British Museum

British Museum
London, United Kingdom

Swords were the most highly prized weapons in the early Anglo-Saxon period. Blades from this time were made using a technique known as pattern-welding, where rods of iron are twisted and then forged to form the core of a blade to which a sharp cutting edge was added. The Sutton Hoo sword is richly furnished with a gold pommel set with garnets, gold guards and filigree clips on the grip. It was buried in a wooden scabbard which was lined with sheep wool, whose oil kept the blade bright.


  • Title: Sword from the ship burial at Sutton Hoo
  • Location: British Museum, London, UK
  • Physical Dimensions: Sword; iron, wood; length: 85.4 cm (blade, scabbard and hilt)
  • Publisher: British Museum
  • British Museum link: More about this on the British Museum website

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