It turned out that the `` replica sword '' held in the museum was actually a real thing 3000 years ago

The `` Replica of the

Bronze Age Sword '' owned by the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago, USA was found to be genuine about 3000 years ago as a result of analysis. The sword was labeled as a 'replica' for nearly a century after it was acquired by a museum in Hungary in the 1930s.

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This time, the sword that became a hot topic when it was discovered that it was actually genuine is as follows. The length is about 91 cm.

After being pulled from the

Danube River in Hungary, it was handed over from the Hungarian National Museum to the Field Museum of Natural History in the 1930s. However, it seems that some kind of paperwork error led to it being labeled as a 'replica' and thought to have been made in the Middle Ages or later for almost a century.

In the summer of 2022, the Field Museum of Natural History will work with archaeologists outside the museum to curate its holdings for a special exhibition, First Kings of Europe, to open in March 2023. I did a ration. A Hungarian archaeologist who cooperated at that time looked at this 'replica sword' for about 20 seconds and declared that 'this is not a replica'.

William Parkinson, a curator at the Field Museum of Natural History, was still skeptical, but used a fluorescent X-ray analyzer to analyze the sword. Then, the chemical composition of bronze, copper, tin, etc. contained in the sword almost matched other Bronze Age swords found in Europe, and it turned out that this sword was genuine.

The sword was placed in the museum's main hall to promote the special exhibition 'Europe's First King'.

Bronze Age warriors traditionally threw swords and armor into the water to commemorate battles and to honor loved ones who have died, and relics are often found in the water. It is said that there is. Museum curators believe the sword was also thrown into the Danube for ceremonial purposes between 1080 and 900 BC.

``Normally, the story goes the other way around, where what we thought was real turned out to be fake,'' said William Parkinson, curator of the museum. He was surprised to discover that what was thought to be a replica was the real thing.

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