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4 1/2" length with tapered "whittle tang" which identifies these, as they were used without guards, mounted in a wood or antler grip. Straight blade of thick wedge section. A slashing weapon, designed for throat cutting, these were so esteemed by Vikings that it was these, rather than the larger scramseaxes, that were buried with the warriors. Virtually every old town in Cambridgeshire has a recorded Viking history. Ely Abbey was destroyed in 870 by Danish raiders and Huntingdon was a staging place for Danish raids until 917, to mention two. Excavated and professionally conserved with Plexiglas display mount.