History of the Sword - Early Nordic Bronze Age Montelius Period 1 (1,800-1,500 BCE) - Bragby Sword

History of the Sword - Early Nordic Bronze Age Montelius Period 1 (1,800-1,500 BCE) - Bragby Sword

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The Scandinavian countries of Norway, Sweden and Denmark joined the European Bronze Age cultures fairly late through early trade routes connecting these baltic countries with central Europe, Mycenaean Greece, Phoenicia and Ancient Egypt. During this period Scandinavia gave rise to the first known advanced civilization in this area called the Nordic Bronze Age, so named by Oscar Montelius in 1885 in a published article in which he divided this period into six distinct sub-periods - (I)1800 BC-1500 BC, (II)1500 BC-1300 BC, (III)1300 BC-1100 BC, (IV)1100 BC-900 BC, (V)900 BC-600 BC, and (VI)600 BC-500 BC. In 1912, at Mönemossen, about 2 km south of Bragby in Uppland, Sweden, a farmer found a bronze sword while plowing his fields. The sword was in almost perfect condition, just over 60 cm long and was about c. 18 cm below the surface, in an area that once was a bog. Using the Montelius dating method, the sword was classified as a Period 1 Full-Hilted Bronze Sword (1800 – 1500 BC.), placing it in the very earliest Bronze Age period. It should be noted, however, that while discovered in Sweden, this sword has been sub-classified as a type Hajdúsámson-Apa sword, after swords found in two hoards located in modern day Hungary (Hajdúsámson) and Romania (Apa), making it an imported item from central Europe. The model represents the Bragby sword as it appears today, oxidized to varying shades of brown patina, and with an overall length of 60.5 cm (23.8 in.) #bronze #bronze_age #Denmark #Nordic_Bronze_Age #Norway #Scandanavia #slash #stab #Sweden #sword #weapon
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