Officials in Germany reported that archaeologists discovered a sword dating back over 3,000 years.
The sword, which was discovered in Nordlingen in Bavaria in southern Germany, is believed to date from the 14th century B.C. In a statement, the Bavarian State Office for Monument Protection stated that the sword was “so exceptionally well preserved” it is almost shining.
According to the press release, “the octagonal blade is entirely made of bronze.” The statement stated that it was discovered in a grave where three people – a woman and two teenagers – had been buried with other bronze objects. The statement did not specify if these individuals were part of a family.
The production of octagonal blades is complicated because the handle (also known as overlay casting) is cast over the sword. The decoration is done with inlays and hallmarks. Newsweek reported that “While there are two actual rivets, a second pair is only implied.”
The find was a thrill for Professor Mathias Pfeil. He is the head of the Bavarian State Office for Monument Protection and the general conservator. Live Science reported that he stated, “The sword and burial have yet to be examined by our archaeologists so they can classify this discovery more precisely.” “But the condition can be described as exceptional!” This is a very rare find!
Nordlingen is located in a crater created by the impact of an asteroid on Earth 15 million years ago. According to Smithsonian Magazine, it created a large amount of diamonds that were used to construct much of the town. NASA claims that the crater is responsible for the circular layout.