Historical knowledge

What were the swords used for?

The two curved swords from Rørby probably had no practical function. Perhaps the idea was that the two almost identical swords were to be carried at ceremonies where their distinctive design could be admired. Under all circumstances the swords were costly items that only a few people in the society of the time could possess.

A Bronze Age man with phallus and sword. Rock carving from Herrestrup in north-western Zealand. Read more about the men's swords here.

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