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Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian26 Mar 2020 10:52 a.m. PST

A doctoral student in Italy discovered an ancient 5,000-year-old sword in a Venetian monastery…


Personal logo Dentatus Sponsoring Member of TMP Fezian26 Mar 2020 11:03 a.m. PST

Wow. Good find.

Korvessa26 Mar 2020 11:18 a.m. PST

Looks more like a dagger.

Personal logo PzGeneral Supporting Member of TMP26 Mar 2020 12:09 p.m. PST

People were smaller then…. wink

Dagwood26 Mar 2020 1:46 p.m. PST

A Hobbit sword ?

14Bore26 Mar 2020 2:37 p.m. PST

Looks like Frodo's to me
But awesome discovery

catavar26 Mar 2020 2:45 p.m. PST

I wouldn't be surprised if they acquired it around 1204.

Dn Jackson26 Mar 2020 2:52 p.m. PST

Very cool. Not to be pedantic, but….

"The sword doesn't just resemble the most ancient weapons in the world, but it was also forged around the same time, around the year 3000 B.C.,"

Wouldn't a bronze sword of this kind be cast rather than forged?

Garand26 Mar 2020 4:34 p.m. PST

ISTR that bronze was forged as well, because like iron cast bronze is not as strong as forged bronze.


GildasFacit Sponsoring Member of TMP27 Mar 2020 4:57 a.m. PST

Bronze hardens with working much more quickly than iron and gets brittle (though that also depends on what proportions are used in the alloy). Casting was the more usual method of making bronze weapons in the early bronze age.

Personal logo Andrew Walters Supporting Member of TMP27 Mar 2020 10:35 a.m. PST


You can't trust news stories to distinguish between forged and cast. I'd just ignore that part.

Too bad they don't know where it came from. Context would add a lot.

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