The North Grimston Sword, this rare and striking sword of the Iron Age, was found by chance while the state workers were digging holes in the lands of Lord Middleton near North Grimston, hence the name of the sword.
In 1902, the workers discovered the tomb of a celtic warrior at North Grimston. The dead man had been buried with a shield, two swords and a piece of pork (according to the Curadmír or Champions Portion which gave the piece of meat, most select the best warrior or hero tribal as the most courageous) of data that suggests that he was a hero tribal. The smaller of the two swords was decorated with a mango anthropomorphic (in human form). The property of an object as unlikely to mark the man buried at North Grimston as one of the most important characters of the Iron Age in East Yorkshire.
J. R. Mortimer, the pioneer archaeologist ded Driffield, studied and published the finding the extraordinary in his book “Forty Years Researches in British and Saxon Burial Mounds of East Yorkshire” in 1905
The excavators had discovered the place of burial of an important warrior of the Iron Age. In addition to the famous short sword with its hilt of bronze in the shape of a human head, there was another sword of iron, and much longer, two rings of iron-probably from the belt of the sword and the remains fragmentary of a shield in bronze.
The sword North Grimston is one of the few similar weapons that are found in Europe, celtic have a human figure that forms the handle. Other examples come from Hungary, northern Italy, Switzerland and France.
This magnificent sword celtic anthropomorphic is also one of the best preserved. The human form of a warrior in the grip, could be a symbol of talisman and power of the owner. The face is highly detailed with large almond-shaped eyes, and the head of hair is finely drawn.