Maekir form, by Nordic notation, with angled shoulder and pointed tapered blade. 26" total length, uniformly tapered with medial ridge. The upper portion in exceptional preservation with crisp shoulder and forte. Inverted turnip form pommel with delicate roped upper band above opposing scroll. Excavated with good profile, much of the tapered edge preserved. Clearly, the Celts encountered both armored and less adversaries. Two specialized swords evolved, the svaerd which was a short sword generously described as for slashing, though hacking would be more accurate. The maeker was a cut and thrust sword capable of breaching body protection, short and contemporary with the Roman gladius. This is a fine example of the maeker, which preceded and perhaps inspired the gladius.