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Amateur archaeologists find 3,000-year-old sword on a stroll

Ian Harvey

A couple of amateur Danish archaeologists revealed a 3,000-year-old sword during an evening walk close to the township of Sveblle, The Local reports.

Ernst Christiansen and Lis Therkildsen were strolling through a field with their metal detector when it gave a signal that there were things to be discovered below their feet. The couple dug down around 11 inches, and they saw a sword hilt. They contacted the Museum Vestsjaelland about the discovery.

Apa type swords Source:By Dbachmann, CC BY-SA 3.0,

Apa type swords Source:By Dbachmann, CC BY-SA 3.0,

The following day, museum examiner Arne Hedegaard Andersen helped the couple uncover the remainder of the Bronze Age sword, which the museum said in a press release was “so well-preserved that you can clearly see the finer details. And it is even sharp.”

The sword will be shown at Kalundborg Museum on the date of September 7th before being cataloged and processed. Denmark is presently in the midst of an extraordinary period when it comes to finding treasures from the past.

Several of the more valuable recent findings include the big discovery of Viking gold, a 1,100-year-old crucifix that might change the perception of when Christianity landed in Denmark, a stash of 700-year-old coins, several 2,000 gold spirals utilized by sun worshiping priests throughout the duration of the Bronze Age.

Distinctive Bronze Age swords were roughly between 60 and 80 centimeters in length. In that era, weapons significantly smaller than 60 centimeters were also common, but they were mainly classified as daggers or short swords.

Sword were mostly limited to the Aegean and Southeastern Europe until the last couple of centuries of the 2nd millennium, when they spread to Central Europe and Britain, to the Near East, Central Asia, Northern India and to China.

There has been a whole host of new findings of ancient treasures in Denmark in recent months that the national museum is no longer capable of keeping up with the process of so many items The Local announces. In other words, if you’re looking for a position to take up your metal detector, you may want to start checking airfares to Copenhagen.


Ian Harvey

Ian Harvey is one of the authors writing for The Vintage News