A Bronze Age Sword Is Still Sharp 3,000 Years Later

Chuck Banner | July 21st, 2018

An ancient sword found in Denmark could still chop off a finger if you were not careful, even though it is 3,000 years old.

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Found on the largest island of Denmark called Zealand, two locals took a stroll through the western town of Svebolle and decided to take a metal detector with them. And this was a great decision because it led to a huge find: a sword from the Bronze Age.

After the metal detector let out the noise of something being below the ground, the two wannabee archaeologists decided to dig. Only 30 centimeters below ground, they hit what appeared to be a sword. Christiansen and Therkeleson then called the Museum Vestsjaelland which is an association that covers excavation and conservation in the region, this led to the discovery that the sword was over 3,000 years old and came from the Nordic Bronze Age.

An amazing discovery and even more a concrete proof showing just how good the craftsmanship of the Scandinavian people was at the time. The sword has preserved so well due to its impressive craftsmanship that it is still sharp, and you can make out all the details to the smithing.

1700-500 BC is what is referred to as the Nordic Bronze Age, bronze from Central Europe made its way into Scandinavia and started to replace the popular materials of flint and stone.

The sword is about 32 inches long and still very sharp, it is before the Viking time by about 1,000 years. Though the leather handle had all rotted away, the hilt showed detailed work meaning the sword bearer must have been someone quite special in society. The detail to the sword, meaning it would have been an expensive piece of weaponry.

Though not much at all is known about the religion, ethnicity or language of the people during this time in Scandinavia, their local craftsmanship was of very high quality. This means their legacy has been preserved by a rich archaeological presence.

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