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1,000-year-old 'Viking' sword discovered on river bed in Poland

By T.K. Randall
January 18, 2024 · Comment icon 12 comments
Sword found in a river in Poland.
Image Credit: Facebook / Wloclawek Sports and Recreation Center
The remarkably well-preserved sword has been described as a 'major archaeological sensation'.
According to reports, the sword was found quite by accident by a team of workers who had been dredging the bottom of the Wisla River in the city of Wroclawek, Poland.

The Provincial Office for the Protection of Monuments (WUOZ) was quickly notified about the discovery and the sword was taken to researchers at the Nicolaus Copernicus University in Torun for study.

An initial analysis later determined that it is approximately 1,000 years old.

"We are dealing with a very delicate object and a very valuable one," said WUOZ archaeologist Wojciech Sosnowski. "The sword needs to be urgently conserved."
"The situation is dynamic, we are only just collecting information about this object."

While the sword has been typically referred to as Viking in origin, experts remain unconvinced.

"I don't know where the idea that the sword belonged to a Viking comes from," archaeologist Robert Grochowski told Gazeta Wyborcza Daily. "Without detailed research, this is completely unjustified."

"It is difficult to say anything more than the fact that it is an early medieval sword."

No doubt further study over the coming weeks will help to unravel the mysteries of the sword's origins.

Source: Notes From Poland | Comments (12)

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Comment icon #3 Posted by Piney 1 month ago
I have a few. A 1980s cutting katana I brought home from O'ahu. A 1970s Toledo, Spain souvenir I bought in Brighton in the U.K. in the 90s. Two custom made pattern welded competition Han style jians and a custom thousand fold cutting jian and a plastic larper orc sword I use as a joke when I know I'm fighting a twit.  I had a few shinai, a bokken and a competion sabre and foil but I gave them all away to people who would compete with them.  Another sword fan and fellow fighter. @Kenemet is a walking Cuisinart. 
Comment icon #4 Posted by MrsGently 1 month ago
You know what the UFO-kidz say: pics or it didn't happen ?
Comment icon #5 Posted by Piney 1 month ago
Comment icon #6 Posted by MrsGently 1 month ago
Is the left damascene steel did you already say? Nice stuff, is that a set on the right? because you gave them all your preferred handle or did you 'find them' like this? What am I looking at? I am really a distant admirer, I don't go out looking for it, I just like crazy enjoyed watching 'forged in fire', but sadly that is where my expertise really ends. But I love it when people tell me stories about the 'life' of such items they have. So thank you either way, i am already happy It shouldn't be but it is just... seksy
Comment icon #7 Posted by Piney 1 month ago
Katanas suck! It's not "Damascus". It's 9 pieces of the finest steel in the world. The 10th piece not of this world (meteorite) folded 100 times.  They normally are made with a piece of the Chinga meteorite but mine is made with a piece of of a Montana meteorite which probably came from the Hudson Bay impact. 
Comment icon #8 Posted by Piney 1 month ago
The long blade in the bottom picture is the folded one. That picture also shows my spring steel practice blades which is why one isn't mounted.
Comment icon #9 Posted by Antigonos 1 month ago
That’s freakin’ awesome bro. Very cool.
Comment icon #10 Posted by Piney 1 month ago
One of my shidoshi's said now they hit the mass market and low quality flawed ones are being sold people are hurting themselves right and left and those silly colored ones shatter and splinter. But if you look at the pattern on mine every blacksmith told me the monk did it right and put his all into it. It vibrates like a tuning fork and the 2 pattern welded short swords ring like bells.  One practice blade hits dull but I knew it was flawed and took it anyway because I have physical flaws. The folded sword is named "Moe". My primary short sword is named "Shemp" and my parrying short sword is... [More]
Comment icon #11 Posted by Cho Jinn 1 month ago
Comment icon #12 Posted by Tatetopa 1 month ago
A friend of mine, in his 50's at the time went to Japan with our teacher for a Kendo seminar.  On the first day my friend got exhausted and overheated and feinted in the middle of practice in the hall.  They revived him, ignored him, and congratulated our teacher for being such a great and inspirational teacher.    I did aikido rather than kendo, so my experience of swords, knives, and staves are limited to that, which is not a lot.  Great teacher though, also took me to my first sweat lodge.

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