Spectacular sword find !

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Spectacular sword find !

Post by stubble hunter » Thu Jan 10, 2019 11:24 pm

Not found by me I should add !
But more than pleased that it was found by our club chairman on his annual detecting holiday. :)
Found 'somewhere' in Herefordshire and he would have been using his trusty T2.

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We are all dearly hoping this may be bronze age.... but would welcome the thoughts of all the experts on here.
Though its in 7 pieces it is surely a stunning discovery. Nearly 2 foot long ! No comments on the wooden ruler ! =)) (..though, for an object like this, a wooden ruler scale is actually more visible than a perspex one)
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Re: Spectacular sword find !

Post by Allectus » Thu Jan 10, 2019 11:33 pm

Definitely BA. ::g Very nice indeed! ::g


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Re: Spectacular sword find !

Post by Oxgirl36 » Thu Jan 10, 2019 11:38 pm

Spectacular find. I bet the FLO hasn’t seen many of those in the average finds bag :D
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Re: Spectacular sword find !

Post by alloverover » Thu Jan 10, 2019 11:38 pm

Yep, bronze age, I had a part of handle once, that's the closest ive been to finding a sword :)

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Re: Spectacular sword find !

Post by Lowland » Fri Jan 11, 2019 1:00 am

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Thanks for putting the pictures up ::g
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Re: Spectacular sword find !

Post by crldnll » Fri Jan 11, 2019 6:30 am

That is beautiful... Love it!! Well rescued. Flo will likely adore!

I believe it's a 'Ewart Park Phase' sword - later part of the bronze age.


I found a similar handle - but unfortunately not the blade.
https://finds.org.uk/database/artefacts ... /id/632319

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Re: Spectacular sword find !

Post by shaggybfc » Fri Jan 11, 2019 8:23 am

What a special find. I can only dream of such a find. ::g
Do you think the blade was broken on purpose, as an offering or broken in antiquity? To me the breaks seem to be far too uniformly spaced apart, could break spacing be natural?
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Re: Spectacular sword find !

Post by haveyoufound1yet » Fri Jan 11, 2019 9:25 am

x; Find of a life time! superb!! ::g

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Re: Spectacular sword find !

Post by garrettoldboy » Fri Jan 11, 2019 9:37 am

shaggybfc wrote:
Fri Jan 11, 2019 8:23 am
What a special find. I can only dream of such a find. ::g
Do you think the blade was broken on purpose, as an offering or broken in antiquity? To me the breaks seem to be far too uniformly spaced apart, could break spacing be natural?
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hello, thats an interesting thought Andi

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Re: Spectacular sword find !

Post by sweepstick47 » Fri Jan 11, 2019 9:39 am

A simply spectacular and significant find! ::g BA swords are often found in damaged condition due to their understandable brittleness and the actions of contraction expansion and compression of the ground. A complete one is something of a bonus.

A truly magnificent find in otherwise exceptional condition, very nice indeed::g
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Re: Spectacular sword find !

Post by benny » Fri Jan 11, 2019 9:40 am

Find of a lifetime, congratulations. Benny

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Re: Spectacular sword find !

Post by Zyrbalax » Fri Jan 11, 2019 9:42 am

Utterly speechless. Amazing find!

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Re: Spectacular sword find !

Post by Roughwood » Fri Jan 11, 2019 9:44 am

Something else that's on my wish list... I should be so lucky!
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Re: Spectacular sword find !

Post by littleboot » Fri Jan 11, 2019 9:47 am

That is amazing.....and I love the shape of the blade, a beautiful curved edge to it. One can only speculate at the history of it.
Looking at those fragments it makes one wonder if bits of blade get pitched in the hedge as scrap....without the handle they are not easy to identify in a muddy field.
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Re: Spectacular sword find !

Post by SuperRed » Fri Jan 11, 2019 10:26 am

Well done that man... THAT is a really historical find!!

Like LB I wonder how many of us have discarded sections like those or just popped them into the 'possible' bucket as bits of farm machinery. :-O

Really nice and thanks for posting.
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Re: Spectacular sword find !

Post by shaggybfc » Fri Jan 11, 2019 10:56 am

garrettoldboy wrote:
Fri Jan 11, 2019 9:37 am

hello, thats an interesting thought Andi
I suppose the answer to my question would be how these sword fragments were found. Found in a 'pile' in the same hole, fragments found inline, localised in order, or scattered over an area.

Wonderful find, and would make a nice museum exhibit ::g

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Re: Spectacular sword find !

Post by chip » Fri Jan 11, 2019 11:26 am

Wonderful find, can’t wait to hear what happens to it. ::g
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Post by jcmaloney » Fri Jan 11, 2019 11:38 am

Superb!
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Re: Spectacular sword find !

Post by Bargeman » Fri Jan 11, 2019 1:07 pm

Such a fantastic find, I for one would love to know more of the back story to the find, which piece came up first, when he knew he had found a sword, that sort of thing. ::g


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Re: Spectacular sword find !

Post by Oxgirl36 » Fri Jan 11, 2019 1:10 pm

Bargeman wrote:
Fri Jan 11, 2019 1:07 pm
Such a fantastic find, I for one would love to know more of the back story to the find, which piece came up first, when he knew he had found a sword, that sort of thing. ::g


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So would I :D ::g
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Re: Spectacular sword find !

Post by Keef the Frog » Fri Jan 11, 2019 1:30 pm

Any welders on here ? :))

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Re: Spectacular sword find !

Post by stubble hunter » Fri Jan 11, 2019 2:12 pm

A big thanks to everyone who has responded and our club chairman is appreciative of every comment ::g
Yes, FLO will be having a good look over at our next club meeting.
And yes... this would look fantastic in a display case.. and certainly merits inclusion in a museum.
Will keep everyone posted on the progress of this o.k.
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And from our FLO Kurt Adams

That is a spectacular find, it comes from the Ewart Park phase right at the end of the Bronze Age. The sword has been deliberately broken in several places before it was buried in the Bronze Age. This makes the item unusable and acts as sacrificial offering to the gods. It is quite possible that this is also done as a show to the local community to demonstrate how powerful this person was because they were able to destroy and discarding such a valuable item.

It also looks like this sword may have been used as well. There are a number of V shaped notched on the blade and one sided looks flatter than the other, possibly as a result of repairing a damaged edge.

These items are very rare, but there have been a couple of other Bronze Age hoards in that area https://finds.org.uk/database/artefacts ... /id/603098, suggesting that this location may have had some sort of ritualistic significance.

Not only a very rare object but it also has a really interesting tale to tell


p.s. "CRLDNLL" .. well done on mentioning Ewart phase =D>
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Re: Spectacular sword find !

Post by Dave The Slave » Fri Jan 11, 2019 2:38 pm

What a spectacular and rare find.
Looking at the fitting holes on the hilt, trying to imagine how the finished sword looked.
As already said, great for a Museum.
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Post by crldnll » Fri Jan 11, 2019 2:49 pm

Just amazing to think of the moment it was broken and sacrificed and the people watching in awe!

Replica - second pic down.
http://www.bronze-age-swords.com/my_swo ... people.htm

Nice little run through of the finishing:
https://www.tapatalk.com/groups/bronze_ ... t1198.html

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Re: Spectacular sword find !

Post by coal digger » Fri Jan 11, 2019 4:23 pm

This has to be one of the best finds on the forum if the the best. Amazing when you think of who owned it and was it used in anger other than hunting or sacrificial livestock. I want it on my wall. Cd ::g
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Re: Spectacular sword find !

Post by Blackadder43 » Fri Jan 11, 2019 4:36 pm

This find is absolutely stunning and i love thinking of the stories that this sword could tell
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Re: Spectacular sword find !

Post by Mancave-man » Fri Jan 11, 2019 4:52 pm

Wow, wow, wow. Can't think of anything else to say. Fantastic find! ::g

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Re: Spectacular sword find !

Post by Fisher1266X » Fri Jan 11, 2019 5:47 pm

..... what a find! :-O ::g
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Re: Spectacular sword find !

Post by shaggybfc » Fri Jan 11, 2019 6:13 pm

Ha, I called the dilibrate damage and offering B-)
I do love this find. ::g
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Re: Spectacular sword find !

Post by bryan162 » Fri Jan 11, 2019 6:35 pm

::g Amazing find ::g

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