Dissolutions of ancient amities


“Probably the finest Iron Age sword in Europe,”
this sword was found buried with a man who was in his late 20s or early 30s when he died (he was an old man; very few Iron Age men lived to be older than 35 to 40). After the dead man was placed in the grave, three spears were thrust into his chest as part of the funeral ritual….The iron blade of a sword needed great time and skill to make and the sword as a whole is an incredibly complicated weapon and piece of art….The sword was clearly a valued object. The scabbard had been damaged and was repaired some time after it had been made, which might have been many years before it was placed in the grave with its final owner.

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