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Iron Age sword & scabbard from Flasby

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Flasby sword

© The Craven Museum, Skipton, 2004,

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Iron Age sword & scabbard from Flasby

Historical Environment Record No: MYD3962

Parish: Flasby with Winterburn

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Dale: Malhamdale

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This Iron Age sword and its scabbard was discovered at an unknown find spot on a moor near Flasby. By 1880 it was in the possession of Capt Preston of Flasby Hall and it is now displayed at Craven Museum. The scabbard is made from beaten and cast copper alloy, lined with wood and is decorated in typical ‘celtic’ style. The sword itself is of iron.

Such a sword would have been the prized possession of a local Iron Age warrior and an important symbol of his status. It is similar to several others found in the area occupied by the tribe known as the Brigantes.


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