(ORDO NEWS) — The sword was found among a collection of grave goods and weapons, along with the remains of a man, woman and child. The exact relationship between these individuals remains uncertain and therefore requires further research. This is reported by Arkeonews.
This sword is distinguished by its octagonal shape, octagonal blade and handle, which are made entirely of bronze. The manufacturing process of octagonal swords is complex and involves casting the hilt directly onto the blade, a technique known as lap casting.
The decoration of the sword is distinguished by complex inlays and signs. Although two rivets are physically present, another pair is missing. Despite the absence of visible signs of use, the complexity of the sword’s manufacture suggests that it was indeed a functional weapon. Its center of gravity, shifted to the front of the blade, indicates a design optimized for chopping blows.
An investigation is currently underway to determine whether the sword originated in Bavaria or was brought here. During the Bronze Age, there were three main centers of distribution of octagonal swords of this type: one in Southern Germany, and the other two in Northern Germany and Denmark.
A comparative analysis of casting methods and decorative elements suggests that some of the octagonal swords found in the north may be authentic imports or the work of itinerant craftsmen, while others may be imitations of examples originating in southern Germany.
Matthias Pfeil, director of the Bavarian State Office for the Protection of Monuments, commented: “Our archaeologists need further investigation of the sword and the burial site to provide a more precise classification of this find. However, it is already obvious that the condition of the find is exceptional. Such a rare artifact is of great importance!”.
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