“Still Shining” PHOTO: Over 3,000-year-old sword in exceptional condition discovered in Germany

Archaeologists have discovered a sword dating back over 3,000 years in a necropolis in Bavaria, southern Germany.

Archaeological siteFoto: Shutterstock

“The sword is so well preserved that it still shines,” according to a statement from the Bavarian State Office for the Preservation of Monuments.

It was discovered last week in Donau-Ries, and researchers believe it was placed in the grave as a funeral offering.

It is estimated that the sword dates from the end of the 14th century BC, the Middle Bronze Age.

A sword like this, with an octagonal handle, made entirely of bronze, is a rare find, according to the statement.

“The sword and the grave still need to be examined so that our archaeologists can classify this site more precisely,” said Professor Mathias Pfeil, head of the Bavarian State Office for the Preservation of Monuments.

“The state of conservation is exceptional! Such a discovery is very rare,” he added.

Researchers believe the sword was a real weapon. “The center of gravity is at the front of the blade, indicating that it was balanced primarily for cutting,” the statement said.

The sword was found in a grave containing the remains of three people – a man, a woman and a young man – who were buried shortly after each other, the statement continued. It is not clear what their relationship was, but they were buried with many possessions. (News.ro)

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