One of the most important developments of this period (700BC – AD43) is the production of iron. Although bronze was still in use during the iron age and beyond, iron was a much more practical metal. This is reflected by the objects the museum has in this collection, which include a pair of scissors, a cooking pot handle and a small knife. One of the most interesting objects from this period is the Flasby sword. This dates to the end of the iron age period and may show some influences of the invading Romans. The iron sword blade is in a decorative wood-lined bronze scabbard. Museum records state that it was found in a pond and so it is thought that the sword may have been thrown in as a ritual offering to the gods.