A Viking Sword Has Been Found And X-Rayed To Deduce Its Structure

Credit: Live Science We know a little more about the Vikings, these famous Scandinavian warriors who existed from the 8th to the 11th century, thanks to a recent discovery. A sword that was part of the loot from the discovery of a Viking treasure in 1300

has been studied by scientists. This object was found by archaeologists on one of the Orkney Islands, more precisely on a funeral site of Papa Westray. Scottish researchers explain that the hilt of the sword was decorated with precious materials


Credit: Live ScienceAfter an X-ray study, archaeologists have detected traces of probably precious ornaments on the handle of the imposing weapon. When it was discovered, the researchers were treated to a fairly obsolete object covered in dirt. The corrosion had deteriorated the metal structure of the artefact, making its study particularly delicate.

The X-ray scans have revealed what the weapon looked like when it was made. The sword was in such poor condition that archaeologists feared to damage it beyond repair

if they tried remove rust and dirt.

L x-ray analysis revealed contrasting metals

The blade of the sword was badly damaged by corrosion when it was discovered. To get as much information as possible, a

x-ray study

was necessary.

This analysis revealed that the metal structure protecting the user’s hand was expensively decorated. Indeed, diamond-like structures were found on the hilt of the sword. These decorations were arranged in a pattern similar to honeycomb. The scientists reveal that the structures used are probably

contrast metals.

An exceptional viking sword

The type of weapon found bears the name of Pedersen Type D, and would be one of the most imposing

and the heaviest from the Viking Age. It was therefore reserved for a certain category of fighter, because you had to be strong enough to handle it. The researchers also revealed that the tip of the sword was covered in tissue. According to them, it could be a protection made for the blade. Also, the handle had

mineralized organic matter

. These various discoveries make it possible to update information on the Viking civilization.

Scientists plan to continue studies on this sword. ‘She’s so flimsy we don’t even know what the bottom looks like yet’ , they pointed out. At the end of this study, several

mysteries about the Vikings

will be elucidated. SOURCE: LIVESCIENCE

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