Employees digging a sewer within the Danish metropolis of Aalborg have unearthed a remarkably well-preserved sword that dates again to not less than the 14th century.
Plumber Jannick Vestergaard and engineer Henning Nøhr have been shocked to see the three.7-foot sword, nonetheless intact, protruding of the bottom throughout a sewer excavation on Sunday. The employees from contractor Gunnar Nielsen A/S rapidly contacted the Northern Jutland Historic Museum to look at their wonderful discover.
Northern Jutland Historic Museum archaeologist Kenneth Nielsen mentioned that the layer of soil through which the sword was discovered dates to the 1300s. The sword was found on Algade, which is certainly one of Aalborg’s oldest streets.
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Specialists word that it’s uncommon to discover a sword in any such setting. As high-status objects, they’re normally present in battle graves the place they’re buried with their house owners. Nonetheless, no grave has but been discovered within the quick neighborhood of the Algade sword. The medieval St. Peder’s cemetery is about 66 ft south of the place the sword was discovered.
The weapon, which bears the marks of battle, gives a glimpse right into a violent interval in Denmark’s historical past. “Aalborg has been subjected to army assaults within the Center Ages,” Nielsen defined, in an announcement.
The two.2-pound sword could have been utilized in brutal clashes paying homage to “Recreation of Thrones.” Within the 1250s, for instance, Aalborg was embroiled within the energy battle involving the sons of King Valdemar Sejr’s. Just some many years later, in 1289, Marsk Stig Andersen Hvide and Norwegian King Erik Prestehader tried to occupy the town, in keeping with Nielsen.
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Though the sword could properly have been concerned in certainly one of these occasions, it appears extra more likely to have been misplaced someday within the 14th century, in keeping with the Museum. Civil war-like situations throughout that century resulted in a lot of bloody clashes and it’s doable that the sword’s proprietor died in battle and his sword felt into the mud over and was by no means recovered.
There may be additionally some uncertainty concerning the precise age of the sword, which can have been in use from the 12th century till about 1400, consultants say.
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The sword will now be cleaned and preserved earlier than happening show on the Aalborg Historic Museum.
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Different centuries-old swords have been found elsewhere in Scandinavia. In 2017, for instance, an extremely well-preserved Viking sword was discovered by a reindeer hunter on a distant mountain in Southern Norway.
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