Besides lances and spears, iron swords were also among a Germanic warrior’s weaponry. This equipment was interred together with the deceased. Occasionally, the weapons were bent beforehand. We assume that they were rendered unusable on purpose because of fears of the dead returning to this world.


  • Title: Sword
  • Creator: Foto: AMH
  • Date: Roman Iron Age
  • Location: Putensen, District of Harburg
  • Provenance: Archäologisches Museum Hamburg Stadtmuseum Harburg|Helms-Museum
  • Type: Bent Swords as Grave Goods
  • Medium: Iron, Eisen

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