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Sword

Unknown1000/1040

Rijksmuseum van Oudheden

Rijksmuseum van Oudheden

  • Title: Sword
  • Creator: Unknown
  • Date Created: 1000/1040
  • Location: Wijk bij Duurstede, Nederland
  • Sword: In 1940, an iron sword was dredged up out of the River Lek, near Wijk bij Duurstede. It dates from the early 10th century and its hilt has a semicircular pommel. The blade was made using a very special technique: damascening. In this process, the iron is repeatedly heated and forged from alternating carbon-rich (hard and brittle) and carbon-poor (soft and pliable) iron. A sword must be both hard and pliable, and this process produced the ideal composition. On this sword, the inscription +ATABALD+II was added in the damascening. This may have been related to the Utrecht bishop Adabald (866-699).
  • Physical Dimensions: h96.8 cm
  • Datering: 1000-1040 AD
  • Afmetingen: lengte: 96,8 cm
  • Type: sword
  • External Link: Rijksmuseum van Oudheden
  • Medium: metal ; iron

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