A late Bronze Age sword, dating to around 1000 BC. These swords were the pinnacle of bronze casting technology, and this is one of the best preserved examples ever discovered in Britain. The Bronze Age is the first time in human history that swords are made, and swords are the first objects that are specifically made as weapons to fight other humans, rather than being tools, or for hunting animals. Swords seem to be highly prized in the Bronze Age, and that tells us something about what society may have been like then.
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