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5,000-year-old sword found in Venice monastery

By T.K. Randall
March 5, 2020 · Comment icon 19 comments

The Mekhitarist Monastery on Saint Lazarus Island. Image Credit: CC BY 3.0 Anton Nossik
One of the world's oldest swords has been discovered in a display cabinet at an Italian island monastery.
The ancient weapon, which had been on display at the Mekhitarist Monastery on Saint Lazarus Island, Venice, caught the eye of PHd student Vittoria Dall'Armellina from the Ca' Foscari University of Venice.

While previous studies had concluded that the sword dated back to the medieval era, Dall'Armellina, who had studied for a masters degree in the origins and evolution of swords, was not convinced.

A detailed analysis later confirmed that her suspicions were correct - the weapon was in fact up to 5,000 years old - making it one of the oldest known swords anywhere in the world.
Researchers believe that the sword was not actually used in combat but was more likely a ceremonial blade that was part of a burial before being dug up by locals and sold on the black market.

Swords of this type were common in parts of Eastern Anatolia, however it is hoped that an analysis of trace elements in the blade will help to further pinpoint its origins.

Source: Heritage Daily | Comments (19)

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Comment icon #10 Posted by Festina 4 years ago
My thoughts too so I looked it up.   Looks more like long dagger, but no I’m no expert.  If it is a Sword perhaps it was made for a very small person.    
Comment icon #11 Posted by Piney 4 years ago
Yup, right on the Northern border of Anatolia.  Probably Maykop Culture (Proto-Indo Iranians?) and looks like it was the basis for the acinaces and other IE straight swords. We discussed it earlier in Kmt Sesh's "Let's Talk History" thread.  Now that one is outside of Turkey it's real providence might be determined without all the attached Turanism crap. 
Comment icon #12 Posted by jaylemurph 4 years ago
People weren’t that much smaller in the distant past. That’s a myth, perpetuated by quirks of architecture, mostly. People only really lost height during the mass move to cramped, dirty, sickly urban areas after the Renaissance.  —Jaylemurph 
Comment icon #13 Posted by third_eye 4 years ago
Myth?  On average Asian and North Africa measures on the smaller side of the average physique, even today....  ~
Comment icon #14 Posted by jaylemurph 4 years ago
Let’s see the data! Current and long-term coverage of past heights over the past few millennia. I’m short on time now, but here’s some other thinking on the issue:   —Jaylemurph 
Comment icon #15 Posted by Jon the frog 4 years ago
What's the minimum length for a sword ? At this rate a tooth pick can be a sword ? Old Bronze sword are not long... but damn this one is shorter than my hunting knife!
Comment icon #16 Posted by Jon the frog 4 years ago
A good sword for Hobbit !
Comment icon #17 Posted by Festina 4 years ago
Children and many women were...grim thought but something to consider.   
Comment icon #18 Posted by jaylemurph 4 years ago
I fully concede that children were, and indeed are, smaller than average adults.  —Jaylemurph
Comment icon #19 Posted by Robotic Jew 4 years ago
Maybe that guy was in charge of measuring and he had to pretend inches were bigger because of previous convos with that lady?

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