Historical knowledge

Gold was also used for weapons

In the Bronze Age the sword became the favoured weapon of men. In Room 11 of the exhibition you can see examples of some of these swords. They were made of bronze. We do not know if they were all used for actual fighting. Perhaps they were more prestige objects that could be displayed as symbols of one’s own wealth and capability. Some of the swords are decorated with gold. On the hilts of the swords we see both gold thread and gold sheet. Decorating the swords with gold made them even more magnificent and showy.

Miniature sword, a pair of tweezers and a razor, all of bronze and gold. The artefacts derive from an unknown find place in Denmark. A similar set of gold coated bronze gifts was found in a cremation burial in Borum Eshøj.

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