If you are a history buff, you would agree that ancient artifacts like swords hold a special place in our fascination for the past. The sword in question, found in 1949 during an excavation of Barrow L-13 (Forest Barrow Group), is one such artifact that gives us a glimpse into a bygone era. This reproduction of the sword discovered by D.A. Avdusin is a recreation of a weapon that was once broken and left in the ground, possibly as an offering or burial artifact.
The Origin and Era of the Sword Barrow L-13 is a burial site in the Forest Barrow Group that dates back to the early medieval period, between the 5th and 7th centuries AD. The sword, classified as Variant E-2, was a popular weapon in Europe during this era, often used by the Anglo-Saxons, Vikings, and Franks. This sword, therefore, reflects the military and cultural practices of that time.
The Design and Significance of the Sword
The sword's ornate design is noteworthy, with the cross guard and pommel decorated with pits in a chequerwise pattern. A twisted wire loop goes through these pits, adding to the sword's beauty. The figure of a man on one side of the blade and the two crutched crosses with a helix between them on the other side provide insights into the sword's symbolism, perhaps depicting an individual or event significant to the Norwegian culture.
This recreation of the Norwegian Viking Sword has been forged by Deepeeka with a tempered high carbon steel blade for the re-enactor, Western martial artist and collector of handmade functional swords. It comes complete with scabbard and is ready to be worn at your next event or displayed proudly in your home office or man cave.
The sword from Barrow L-13 is a fascinating artifact that provides insights into the military, cultural, and artistic practices of the early medieval period. Its ornate design and symbolism add to its significance, making it a valuable addition to any collection. Its recreation as a reproduction is a testament to our fascination with the past and our desire to understand it better.