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3000-year-old sword discovered in north-east Bohemia


A sword dating back to the early Bronze Age has been unearthed in the region of Rychnov nad Kneznou in north-east Bohemia, according to a recent report by the Czech News Agency.

3000-year-old sword discovered in north-east Bohemia
Credit: David Tanecek, CTK


According to the archaeologist Martina Bekova from the Rychnov museum, the weapon has an ornamental engraving and a very sharp blade.

"The bronze sword with its tongue handle is dated around 1200 BC, it belongs to the Lusatian culture. The findings of this culture are numerous in East Bohemia, but this is not true of swords," said Bekova.

3000-year-old sword discovered in north-east Bohemia
Credit: David Tanecek, CTK


"Only five prehistoric swords have been found in the Czech Republic over the last decade," she adds.

Archaeologists are keeping the exact location of the discovery a secret to protect the site.

A search of the area also yielded several rivets which were used to secure the sword handle to the blade, and a bronze spear head from about the same period.

3000-year-old sword discovered in north-east Bohemia
Credit: David Tanecek, CTK
"I can only say that the finding is from the southern part of the Rychnov region from a hitherto unknown site," says Bekova.

Archaeologists believe that the sword was deposited in a religious ritual. “It is most likely a unique votive gift to an unknown deity. This is typical of the Bronze Age," adds Bekova.

Source: Novinky [trsl. TANN, November 11, 2019]

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