This is the astonishingly well preserved 3,000-year-old bronze sword that was unearthed by archaeologists who were excavating a site that is set to be used for a future gas pipeline.
The sword that weighs 1.3 kilogrammes ( 2.86 lbs) was found during excavations in an area that is being prepared for the construction of a gas pipeline between Denmark and Poland in the village of Glee on the Danish island of Funen on 7th March.
Odense City Museum embarked on a huge project to excavate the land on the island of Funen that a 60 kilometre (37.2 mile) gas pipeline is set to run through.
Chief archaeologist Jesper Hansen said: ” We are dealing with a 3,000-year-old miracle. The sword itself is rare, and in addition to the bronze part being intact, it is completely unique that this sword has a preserved grip of wood, horn and tack.”
Hansen added that he suspects the sword was wrapped in some sort of fibre cloth before being buried during a religious ceremony in IV Bronze Age 1100-900 BC.
The sword was carefully removed from its resting place by experts and transported to the Odense City Museum’s conservation department which specialises in the restoration of ancient artefacts.
The sword will be temporarily taken apart to allow experts to individually analyze the wood, bronze and plant fibres that the sword is made of.
The plant fibres will be used by the experts to carry out carbon dating allowing them to date the sword more accurately.
After analysis, the sword will be reassembled and put on display at the Montergarden Cultural History Museum in the Danish city of Odense.
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