An extremely rare Bronze Age sword has been found by archaeologists in a prehistoric burial site in Germany.

The weapon, believed to be 3,000 years old, was found in the small town of Nördlingen just last week.

Experts say they are amazed at how well preserved the find is, which even shines despite the fact that it was buried in a grave, in which remains of bodies were even found.

The three bodies belonged to a man, a woman and a teenager, with investigators at this stage having to clarify what kind of relationship they were to each other

“The sword and the burial need to be studied further,” said Mathias Pfeil, head of the Bavarian State Office for the Preservation of Monuments.

“But it can already be said now that it has been immaculately preserved! A find like this is really rare,” he emphasizes.


Despite its age, the pattern of the sword has remained unchanged, with spots, studs and rivets.

While experts believe it was difficult to create, they are convinced it was a real weapon, designed for big hits

At the time, there were only a few places in the wider area of ​​Europe to buy these types of swords, including southern Germany, northern Germany and Denmark.

Swords from Nördlingen often belonged to ‘Urns’ during this period – known for the custom of cremation during the Late Bronze Age.

However the team of experts remains unsure of where this newly found sword was made and will investigate further in due course.

They even point to “wandering craftsmen” and imports as a possible source of the sword.