Archaeologists Found A 3000-Year-Old Bronze Sword At A Burial Site In Germany! Details Inside

by Shreya Rathod
Archaeologists Found A 3000-Year-Old Bronze Sword At A Burial Site In Germany! Details Inside

The European continent has a history of civilisations that once resided in the area. Recently, a group of archaeologists found a bronze weapon during an excavation in Donau-Ries, Germany. According to them, the sword was dating back 3000 years and was well-preserved. Here are the details of this bronze sword found at the burial site.

A Bronze Sword Found At A Burial Site In Germany!

While doing excavations in Nördlingen, archaeologists found a unique discovery. A bronze sword that was discovered is over 3000 years old and is in such amazing condition that it practically still sparkles. It is an example of a full-hilted bronze sword, which has an all-bronze octagonal hilt (octagonal sword type).

It is tentatively dated to the end of the Middle Bronze Age, around the 14th century BC. Rare sword discoveries from this period occur from either single, presumably sacrificial finds or from burial mounds that were purposefully opened in the nineteenth century.

The sword that has just been found came from a grave where three individuals with valuable bronze gifts were interred quickly after one another: a man, a lady, and a young person. It is still unclear if the people were related, and if so, how.

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Octagonal Swords And Their Making-Process

bronze sword found at burial site in germany
Credits: Bayerisches Landesamt für Denkmalpflege/ Website

Octagonal swords are difficult to make because the handle is cast over the blade (a process known as overlay casting). With the use of hallmarks and an inlay, the embellishment is created. While there are two actual rivets, there is just an implied third pair. It is safe to believe that it was a legitimate weapon despite the manufacturing effort and lack of damage. A balance that favours slashing is indicated by the blade’s centre of gravity at the front portion.

The southern German region, as well as northern Germany and Denmark, are the main distribution hubs for octagonal swords. Comparing the casting methods and the artwork reveals that while some of the octagonal swords in the North may be genuine imports or the work of “wandering craftsmen,” others may be copies of South German designs.

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According to general curator Prof. Mathias Pfeil, the sword and burial site have been examined closely. He further stated that the preservation technique is excellent and it is a rare find.

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