Shield boss and sword from the Anglo-Saxon cemetery

Shield boss and sword from the Anglo-Saxon cemetery

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Area Mitcham
Copyright 1 Presented by Mr Harold Bidder
Picture Reference Mit_​Archaeology_​1-10
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Notes / History The Anglo-Saxon burial site close to Morden Road, was initially excavated between 1888 and the 1920’s and 230 burials were unearthed. The Shield boss and sword discovered date from 450 to 600.

A large number of the internments found on the site were of well armed men and the proportion of weapons found was unusually high. One fifth of all the graves contained arms of some description and a total of twelve swords exceeded most of the known cemeteries’ in England at that time.

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