Came across this piece this morning, might be of interest to some of you. It's the report on the early medieval sword found in the ringfort at Killyliss in Co. Tyrone. Ignore the horseshoe, pulley block and buckle, later medieval and modern...
The blade survives to a length of 34.7cm although both the hilt and tip are missing. It's a parallel sided blade with a 6.3cm taper to the point. It's fullered on both sides terminating just before the point taper. The fullers are 0.7 - 0.8cm wide and 0.15cm deep. The blade has a max thickness of 0.6cm, thinning to 0.4cm in the point which is lozenge sectioned.
X-ray analysis has shown the blade had been repaired at near the hilt at some point and that the point had also been reworked.
The only parallels for this that I know of are the swords from Lagore that date from c. 650 AD. This sword was overlain by a timber that's been fairly securely dated to between 710-970.
Interestingly, it was found in a wattle lined pit enclosed by two gullies which is the only example I know of from an indigenous early medieval site of an enclosed purpose built latrine...sad the things that get archaeologists excited...
Anyway, if anyone wants to know more the report is by Richard Ivens and is published in the UJA 47(1984), 9-35.