A discovery that occurs once in every decade: a medieval sword discovered by a metal detector in Poland may have been used at the Battle of Grunwald in 1410
- In good condition, a sword, knives, scabbard and belt are found in northern Poland
- The exact site has been kept a secret but further excavations are planned
- The local authorities called this discovery a “once in a decade” discovery.
A metal detector discovered a medieval sword that might have been used by a soldier during the Battle of Grunwald in 1410.
Alexander Medvedev discovered the sword near Olsztyn in northern Poland, along with a metal sheath, belt and knives.
Archaeologists hailed the find as a discovery that occurs once every decade that will now be studied and preserved in the Grunwald Battle Museum.
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A metal detector discovered a medieval sword that might have been used by a soldier during the Battle of Grunwald in 1410
Archaeologists hailed the find as a discovery that occurs once every decade that will be studied and preserved in the Grunwald Battle Museum.
What was the Battle of Grunwald?
The Battle of Grunwald was fought on July 15, 1410 in Tannenberg in northeastern Poland (formerly East Prussia).
It was a major Polish-Lithuanian victory over the knights of the Teutonic Order.
The battle marked the end of the regime’s expansion along the southeastern coast of the Baltic Sea and the beginning of its decline in strength.
It was the emergence of Poland and Lithuania as one of the most powerful countries in Europe.
A full dig is now being planned at the undeclared site to learn more about the Battle of Grunwald on 15 July 1410.
The bloody battle saw the Kingdom of Poland and the Grand Duchy of Lithuania decline the Teutonic order and lead to a shift of power in Europe that lasted for centuries.
The battle, one of the largest in medieval Europe, took place on the territory of the Teutonic Order, which is now located in present-day Poland.
An estimated 27,000 to 66,000 men took part and resulted in 2,000 Poles and Lithuanians killed, 8,000 Teutonic knights killed, and 14,000 Teutonic knights taken captive.
The battle marked the rise of the Polish – Lithuanian Federation as the dominant political and military power in Central and Eastern Europe for the next two centuries.
Archaeologists hope to find the remains of a knight who was using a well-preserved sword.
Simon Draig, director of the Grunwald Battle Museum, said they hope to solve the mystery that explains why no one took the sword of a slain soldier because it could have been so valuable.
“ This is a wonderful set in the form of a sword, a scabbard, a belt and knives, ” said the governor’s office of Warmia-Mazursky.
“Taking into account that these monuments come from the beginning of the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries, and therefore they have been in the earth for about 600 years, they are preserved in a very good condition.”
A full dig is now being planned at the unspoken site of the Battle of Grunwald on 15 July 1410, near the town of Olstyn.
“ This is an impressive set in the form of a sword, a scabbard, a belt and two knives, ” said the Governor’s Office of the District of Warminsk-Mazursky.
The bloody Battle of Grunwald (pictured) between the Kingdom of Poland and the Grand Duchy of Lithuania degraded the Teutonic order and led to a shift of power in Europe that lasted for centuries.