900 year old broadsword found during excavations in Nieuwegein

Seventeen examples of this type of sword have been found so far, but according to archaeologists this sword is the best preserved. It was found in low-oxygen conditions, complete with the original beechwood handle and parts of the beechwood calf leather sheath.

Even for the archaeologists it remains guesswork as to what happened around the sword and who owned it. But it is very likely that it belonged to a knight, given the type of sword and the inscription with two crusader crosses on it. Maybe the owner was a crusader. On one of the sides it says in Latin: In nomine domini (in the name of the lord).

“The name of the knight remains unknown, but we do know who made the sword. Gicelin me fecit (Gicelin made me) it says.” Gicelin was a master blacksmith, probably from the Lower Rhine region, who was active around the year 1100. “More swords of his are known, but none of them look as good as this one,” says De Leeuwe.

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