Crusader sword pommel: "one of the most significant relics of the Middle Ages ever discovered in Scotland"

A metal detectorist has discovered the pommel of a 13th century sword in a farmer's field in Selkirkshire, Scotland. Experts believe the bronze pommel belonged to a Norman noble involved in the Last Crusade.

The pommel bears the inscriptions SION and US REX JUDE, which Selkirk historian and author Walter Elliot identified as Crusader terminology. “When I heard about the SION inscription I immediately thought of the Crusades, but was only too aware there had never been any relics relating to these military campaigns discovered in the Borders,” said Mr Elliot. “Nor has there been any tangible evidence to suggest any of our nobles were involved in the last of the Crusades which ended in 1291.”

The discovery is being considered "one of the most significant relics of the Middle Ages ever found in Scotland."