Copper alloy knife handle
Roman, probably 4th century
Found during excavations by Winchester Museums Service Archaeology Section at Hyde Abbey, Winchester in the early 1970s
Before the Abbey was built in the early 12th century, this part of Winchester's northern suburb was occupied by Roman buildings. The knife handle came from a ditch which formed a property boundary around one of these buildings, and which had been filled up in the later 4th century.
Cast in the form of a hound biting a hare, this knife is very similar to one found in a late Roman grave at Victoria Road, Winchester. However, there are slight variations, in size, in the casting techniques used and in the composition of the metal, perhaps suggesting that the two knives were made by different craftsmen.