Medieval longsword found in Polish peat bog

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The operator of an excavator was working last month in a peat bog and accidentally found a superb specimen of craftsmanship from the 14th century. He found a longsword that had been extremely well-preserved and it has been declared a unique find to the region along with its finding prompting an archaeological expedition.

Long-sword Is Being Analyzed By Staff At Museum

Wojciech Kot found the long-sword in the peat bog in Poland and he had donated the sword to the Fr. Stanislaw Staszic Museum. The staff at the museum is at the moment analyzing the weapon. While the long-sword has been corroded badly over time, this is no surprise when taken into account the fact that it has been buried in the bog for around 600 years. Still, the museum said that the longsword is a remarkable find and its condition is excellent. The only thing missing from the long-sword is the original hilt, which was thought to have been made from antler, bone or wood.

The 14th-century long-sword is 47 inches in length, and it has a weight of just 3.3 pounds. The grip is elongated, and this suggests that the long-sword had originally been made for use with two hands. Thanks to the long reach of the sword and the weight of it, which is considered to be very light, it is thought that it would have made a weapon that is very agile for knights going into battle. It was said that the sword is very typical of the design of the 14th century.

Sword Has Isosceles Cross Inscribed On It By Blacksmith

The bar at the rear of the sword shows an isosceles cross that has been inscribed, and this is in the shape of a heraldic shield, more than likely it was made by a blacksmith. The director of the museum, Bartlomiej Bartecki said that the symbol on the long-sword was more than likely the brand of the person that made it and it would generally have been hidden away from sight by the hilt of the sword, which in this case was missing.

He went on to say that the finding of the long-sword in the region was unique. He also said that it should be pointed out that even though other museums have similar artifacts in their collection, the place of discovery of such items is usually unknown, and that this information is something that historians and archaeologists find very important. When asked about how the long-sword might have ended up in the peat bog he said that he thought a knight might have fallen into the peat bog or he just lost the sword.

Region In Which Sword Was Found On Historical Records From 13th Century

According to a history blog on the likely origins of the long-sword, they think that the region in which the sword was found first appears on historical records in the 13th century and there were hunting lodges in the forest. It was said that the area was part of Ruthenia and then it had become the Kingdom of Poland during 1366. The governor of Poland built a castle during the late 14th century, which means that the second half of the century would have been good for knights looking for employment. They said that perhaps a knight got lost and ended up in the bog, along with his sword.

Archaeologists are carrying out limited excavations of the peat bog where the long-sword was found and are hoping to find some of the elements that are missing from the equipment of the Knight, along with other clues that might lead to the explanation of how the sword ended up in the bog. The sword is still being analyzed, and it is going to be persevered and then displayed in the museum.

The location of the peat bog in Poland has been kept a secret to avoid it being looted and it is going to be drained. Who knows what else might be hidden away at the bottom of the bog just waiting to be discovered.

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