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I saw that.  Incredible condition!  See links below for pics.  

 

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2023/06/well-preserved-3000-year-old-sword-found-in-germany/147628

 

https://www.livescience.com/archaeology/octagonal-sword-from-bronze-age-burial-in-germany-is-so-well-preserved-it-shines

 

https://www.newsweek.com/ancient-sword-germany-octagonal-rare-1807156

 

I'm trying to figure out the decoration on the pommel.  Looks like either enamel or niello, but I haven't seen either of those on late bronze age weapons.  Jeroen would know, hopefully he'll chime in.    

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On 6/16/2023 at 7:30 PM, Alan Longmire said:

I saw that.  Incredible condition!  See links below for pics.  

 

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2023/06/well-preserved-3000-year-old-sword-found-in-germany/147628

 

https://www.livescience.com/archaeology/octagonal-sword-from-bronze-age-burial-in-germany-is-so-well-preserved-it-shines

 

https://www.newsweek.com/ancient-sword-germany-octagonal-rare-1807156

 

I'm trying to figure out the decoration on the pommel.  Looks like either enamel or niello, but I haven't seen either of those on late bronze age weapons.  Jeroen would know, hopefully he'll chime in.    

I'm eager to find out what was used to fill in the grooves. I've seen resin being used in a sword blade IIRC, and also inlayed gold and copper. I'm very curious what was used in this case. 

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Holy smokes! 3000 years ago in a dark smithy that was probably little more than a man-made cave, the craftsmen set their tools to work.

 

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I've been following a German language forum that has a lot of knowledgeable members:

 

https://archaeoforum.de/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=6809&sid=bd9943e04847dd0d324536f91adbc09a

 

It's in German, but I've done my best with google translate and a bit of research! It seems they think the most likely is that the handle was differentially cast from the blade. As for the decorations on the handle, it's unclear to them whether there was something inlaid in the handle that later disappeared, or that the handle was chased with decorative cuts that then got filled in with the white stuff. There is also a precedent of the decorations being differentially cast as well, could be with resin, as Jeroen suggested.

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