“A find found once in a decade”: The medieval sword unearthed by a metal detector in Poland may have been used in the Battle of Grunwald in 1410
- Well-preserved swords, knives, scabbards and belts have been found in northern Poland
- The exact location has been kept secret, but further excavations are planned
- The find has been labeled a “once a decade” discovery by local authorities
An amateur metal detector discovered a medieval sword that may have been used by a soldier during the Battle of Grunwald in 1410.
Alexander Medvedev discovered the sword near Olsztyn in northern Poland next to a metal scabbard, a belt and two knives.
Archaeologists have hailed the discovery as a unique find and it is now being examined and kept in the Museum of the Battle of Grunwald.
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An amateur metal detector discovered a medieval sword that may have been used by a soldier during the Battle of Grunwald in 1410
Archaeologists have hailed the discovery as a unique find and it is being studied and kept in the Museum of the Battle of Grunwald
What was the Battle of Grunwald?
The Battle of Grunwald on July 15, 1410 was fought in Tannenberg in northeastern Poland (formerly East Prussia).
It was a great Polish-Lithuanian victory over the Knights of the Teutonic Order.
The battle marked the end of the Order’s expansion along the southeast coast of the Baltic Sea and the beginning of the decline of its power.
It was the rise of Poland and Lithuania as one of the most powerful states in Europe.
A full excavation is now planned at the unknown location in order to learn more about the Battle of Grunwald on July 15, 1410.
In the bloody battle, the Kingdom of Poland and the Grand Duchy of Lithuania brought about the decline of the Teutonic Order and triggered a centuries-long power shift in Europe.
The battle, one of the largest in medieval Europe, took place on the territory of the State of the Teutonic Order, which is now in present-day Poland.
It comprised an estimated 27,000 to 66,000 men and resulted in approximately 2,000 Polish-Lithuanian deaths, 8,000 Germanic knights were killed, and 14,000 Germanic knights were captured.
The battle marked the rise of the Polish-Lithuanian Union as the dominant political and military force in Central and Eastern Europe for the next two centuries.
Archaeologists hope to find the remains of the knight who once carried the remarkably well-preserved sword.
Szymon Drej, the director of the Battle of Grunwald Museum, said they hope to solve the mystery of why no one took the slain soldier’s sword, as they would have been very valuable.
The Warminsko-Mazurskie Provincial Governor’s Office said, “It’s a phenomenal set in the form of a sword, scabbard, belt and two knives.
“Given that these relics date from the turn of the 14th and 15th centuries and have therefore been in the ground for about 600 years, they are in extremely good condition.”
On July 15, 1410, a complete excavation is planned at the unknown location of the Battle of Grunwald near the city of Olstyn
The Warminsko-Mazurskie Provincial Governor’s Office said, “It’s a phenomenal set in the shape of a sword, scabbard, belt and two knives.”
The bloody battle of Grunwald (picture) between the Kingdom of Poland and the Grand Duchy of Lithuania triggered the decline of the Teutonic Order and led to a centuries-long shift in power in Europe