Archaeologists Discovered a Well Preserved 3,200-Year-Old Bronze Age Sword in Majorca

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Archaeologists Discovered a Well Preserved 3,200-Year-Old Bronze Age Sword in Majorca

 

The “Talaiot del Serral de ses Abelles,” a site home to large stone megaliths called talayot (or talaiot), was first excavated by Mallorcan historian and archaeologist Guillem Rossello Bordoy back in 1950. The large stone megaliths were dated back to 1000 to 6000 B.C. Thus, archaeologists Jaume Deya and Pablo Galera were not expecting to find anything in the site after nearly seven decades since it was first excavated. 

 

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To their huge surprise, the archaeologists found a 3,200-year-old sword on the Spanish island of Mallorca in the town of Puigpunyent which is still in remarkable condition. The sword was dated back to1200 B.C. According to an article by All That’s Interesting, a site for curious people who want to know more about what they see on the news or read in history books, the team was preparing the location to be opened as a museum when they found the relic. 

 

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The sword, which is considered one of the very few weapons from the Bronze Age found at the site, is believed to be one of the only ten that have ever been discovered from the Talaiotic culture. The Daily Mail, a British daily middle-market newspaper published in London in a tabloid format, reported that there are also other swords that farmers and builders have found on-site. They unearthed them by accident and then handed them over to the authorities. However, experts can’t properly research the artifacts because they do not know where and how they were found. 

 

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The discovery is important in understanding the origin of the sword and its possible symbolic role in the Talaiotic civilization. According to the researchers, it was used as an offering since the talayot megaliths were believed to have served as ceremonial sites. They also suggested that the talayot structures were used to protect their land.
 

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