Archaeologists have found one of the largest weapons treasures of the Iron Age

Archaeologists have found one of the largest weapons treasures of the Iron Age
Archaeologists have found one of the largest weapons treasures of the Iron Age
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Warriors of the Iron Age bent the swords of defeated enemies. Scientists figured this out by discovering an ancient Iron Age armory in West Germany.

The Iron Age in Germany and the rest of Europe originated at the end of the Bronze Age, when a new metal became the material of choice for making weapons, agricultural tools, and other utensils. The early Iron Age in Germany lasted from about 800 to 45 BC. It was followed by the Late Iron Age, which lasted until about 1 BC when the Romans conquered the region.

The excavation site, a former hill fort, was a type of sublime fort made of stone, clay, or other local materials. Such buildings served as small fortifications from the invasion of enemies. In the new work, the researchers have taken a new approach to detecting iron artifacts hiding under the earthen floor - using metal detectors. Accurate dating of the finds is impossible, but the surrounding material suggests that the artifacts date back to 300–1 BC.

Researchers have known about a possible treasure on the Iron Age settlement for several decades. In the 1950s, when workers were building a pavilion on the site of the settlement, they accidentally discovered two swords and spearheads. At the same time, the swords were bent, and their tips were deliberately deformed. But it wasn't until 2013 that archaeologists carried out more extensive excavations at the site to reveal the full context of the archeology at the site. From 2018 to 2020, scientists searched the site for additional metal artifacts.

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