Man Finds Almost Perfectly Preserved 600 Year Old Sword By Accident
A construction worker has found an amazingly well-preserved sword thought to be 600 years old.
The man, who has worked in near the town of Hrubieszow, Poland, for the past 15 years, found the sword, which experts reckon dates back to the late 13th or mid-14th century, while he was draining a peat bog.
The weapon has been almost perfectly preserved, aside from the hilt, and the unnamed builder/Indiana Jones wannabe has donated it to the Stanisław Staszic Museum.
Bartłomiej Bartecki, director of the museum told PAP that the weapon most likely belonged to a knight about 600 years ago, he called it a 'unique find in the region'. Yeah, I'd have to agree, it's not something you see every day, is it?
Credit: FR. Stanislaw Staszic Museum
I think my favourite thing about this story, is that people spend their whole lives searching for items like this and this builder fella has just found one, mostly by accident, and doesn't even seem like he's that arsed about the whole thing.
The exact location of where the sword was found isn't being revealed by Polish media, for fears that looters could turn up and pillage the scene before experts get a chance to go down there and check out if there is anything else laying around, waiting to be found.
The sword, which is almost four-foot and is likely to have weighed over three pounds when it was first made, has a blacksmith's brand mark on it, which Bartecki told the National Geographic, was like a medieval company name, but the owner is yet to be discovered.
When asked how the sword might have found its way into the bog, Bartecki said it was 'possible that an unlucky knight was pulled into the marsh, or simply lost his sword'. Bad luck, mate.
He added: "It is worth pointing out that while there are similar artefacts in museum collections, their places of discovery is often unknown, and that is very important information for historians and archaeologists."
The Stanisław Staszic Museum. (Credit: www.muzeum-hrubieszow.com)
The sword will now be sent away to be further analysed and renovated, before being put on display in the museum in September.
Following the find, a team of archaeologists will be visiting the discover site to check for any other possible artifacts.
Featured Image Credit: FR. Stanislaw Staszic Museum