Swords in the News: Crusader sword pommel found in Scotland

They don’t mind spending a few thousand bucks on finding a rusted deodorant can and three wheat pennies. But sometimes, the patient scavengers with the metal detectors come up with something interesting.

Like this guy in Scotland who is said to have found “one of the most significant relics of the Middle Ages ever found in Scotland.”

Selkirk, UK—The pommel of a Crusader’s sword, dating from the late 13th century and discovered on farmland in Selkirkshire, has been hailed as one of the most significant relics of the Middle Ages ever found in Scotland.

The relic, uncovered by Ashkirk stonemason and keen metal detectorist George Burns, has now been submitted to the National Museums for Scotland where experts have confirmed its prominence.

Mr Burns, 62, was detecting in a partly-flooded field in January when his device vibrated over what looked like a mud-covered brass doorknob.

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But wait, there’s more:

NANCHANG, Oct. 1 (Xinhua)—A copper sword dating back more than 2,200 years has been discovered in east China’s Jiangxi Province, local archaeologists said.

The design and shape of the sword indicate that it was forged during the Warring States Period (475 BC – 221 BC), according to Li Guoli, curator of the Nanchang Museum, where the sword is currently being stored.

Despite having little aesthetic or scientific value due to a lack of decor or inscriptions, the sword still offers insights into the type of military equipment used during the period, Li said.

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