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Detectorist finds Bronze Age sword in Finland


A fragmentary bronze sword was found in Eura (formerly Kiukainen) Panelia at the end of July. The discovery was made by Matti Rintamaa in his parents' yard using a metal detector.


Detectorist finds Bronze Age sword in Finland
Credit: National Board of Antiquities

The sword was found in several pieces, scattered under the lawn. The object had probably been broken and transported to the site years ago when the field was moved during construction work. 




The original context of the sword can only be speculated, but it is possible that it was once 'sacrificed' in the shore water of the ancient Gulf of Panania, on the edge of the current agricultural clearing.


Detectorist finds Bronze Age sword in Finland
Credit: National Board of Antiquities

Bronze Age (1700-500 BC) finds are quite rare. In total, only less than 200 Bronze Age bronze objects are known from Finland. A total of around 25 swords or daggers from this period have been found, two of them from Panelia. 




During the Bronze Age, the area around the ancient Gulf of Panelia was densely populated, as evidenced by the numerous burial mounds in the area. Panelia is also home to Finland's largest known Bronze Age burial mound, the King's Grave.


Source: Pori News [trsl. TANN; October 01, 2021]



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