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Title: Scabbard chape
Item Name: Armour and Weapons


Copper alloy scabbard chape (find RF12). Cast, with high relief decoration and a "lipped" end. Along each side of the tip is a bird/dragon's head motif formed by a curved ridge and a small boss for the eye. A curved ridge at the top of the chape is echoed in the hilt guard of the sword (find RF20). See also 2005.99.1 The chape was found 1.5m away from sword RF16 and has been bent by plough damage. Context 1000. Part of the South Cave Weapons Cache of 5 late Iron Age swords/scabbards and 33 iron spearheads, found by metal detectorists in September 2002. The site was subsequently excavated by Humber Field Archaeology and York Archaeological Trust. The cache was buried in a pit, dug into a pre-existing boundary ditch of a late Iron age/early Romano-British settlement. The finds date to about 70AD.

Culture: Iron Age
Materials: copper alloy
Measurements: L:14.2cm; W:12.5cm (max)
ID_Number: ERYMS : 2005.99.2

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Heavy Metal in the Iron Age: The South Cave Weapons Cache & other treasures
An exhibition focused on the discovery (in 2002) of five swords in their decorated scabbards and 33 spearheads on agricultural land near South Cave. Dating to around the time of the Roman conquest of the area (70AD), the finds are remarkably well-preserved and an important resource for our understanding of the period. The display also looked at the landscape of the Foulness valley, from where most of the materials probably came and the evidence for iron working in the Iron Age / Roman periods. Other items from the collections, loans from Hull Museums Service and other metal detecting finds from the area were also included in the exhibition, which attracted around 5000 visitors.

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A late Iron age Weapons cache from East Yorkshire: Assessment Report
Humber Field Archaeology