Thanks to the wonderful Susan Mills, museum and heritage officer for Clackmannanshire Council, for clearing up the mystery of the Roman sword found on the Harvistoun Estate in 1796. I wrote about it yesterday and wondered both what had happened to it and whether there had been any write up of the find. As I said at the time, Roman discoveries in the county are few and very far between.
The good news is that the iron sword is both in good condition and safely in the National Museums of Scotland.
The less good news (from some perspectives) is that it is not Roman. The SCRAN description has it
This iron sword was found at Harvieston in Clackmannanshire. The sword is of a type found in Anglo-Saxon England. It was used between 800 and 1100.
The upper guard curves upwards, the lower guard downwards. The guards and the pommel are damaged.
The period between 850 and 1050 saw the gradual formation of a unified Scottish kingdom. However, there were outside threats: from Scandinavians settled in the northern and western Isles, from the Strathclyde Britons and the Anglo-Saxon kings.