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