Carp's tongue

'Carp's Tongue' is a kind of sword with a parallel-sided blade that narrows for about a third of its length to a sharp point. It gives the name 'Carp's Tongue Complex' to a group of material which appears in hoards of that name in the Thames valley and in Kent. This material is often explained as the result of importing large amounts of scrap material from the Continent at a time when iron was coming into use there so that there was a large supply of obsolete bronze tools and weapons available. Carp's Tongue assemblages are rare in Buckinghamshire but there are a few, including one at Bledlow Cop.