British Collections by Geographical Regions:

South East of England

The south east of England includes material from Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, East Sussex, Hampshire, Isle of Wight, Kent, Oxfordshire, Surrey and West Sussex.

The majority of objects in the British collections come from this area of England, mainly because this is the area where the Ashmolean is located and a large quantity of the museum's collections come from Oxfordshire and the surrounding counties.

The Wittenham Sword dates from the Late Iron Age (120 BC - AD 43). This fine example of an iron sword and bronze scabbard were found in the River Thames near Little Wittenham in Oxfordshire. Only about one in ten warriors would have carried a sword, making this quite a rare object.


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Wittenham Iron Age Sword and Scabbard (Click to enlarge)

Wittenham Sword (AN1982.1096)

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January 2012