6th-7th century AD. Iron, 9 1/2" length with finely forged wedge section blade, the point with just vestigial dip in profile. Tapered tang, originally with a small ring to the tip, a throwback to the ring pommel knives of centuries earlier. Curiously, the tang has no provision for securing the grips, presumed to be scale form, so they must have been encased in hide lash, stitched hide or perhaps tubular hide as used on Zulu spears. Professionally conserved excavated condition. Rarely found in this superior preservation.