According to the experts who discovered it, the artifact dates back to 3,000 BC and came from a region where Turkey is today.
Historian Vittoria Dall ‘Armellina, from Ca’ Foscari University in Venice, Italy, discovered in one of the city’s monasteries one of the oldest swords in the world. The 5,000-year-old object comes from Anatolia, the Asian region that makes up most of Turkey.
Initially identified as a medieval sword
The artifact caught Dall’Armellin’s attention because of the similarity with other swords found in the Royal Palace of Arslantepe, in Eastern Anatolia. However, the sword had been identified as a medieval instrument, which intrigued the researcher.
Dall’Armellina’s suspicions were corroborated by a new study that concluded that the sword was made around 3000 BC. According to the Ancient Origins website, a sword from the same period is in the Tokat Museum in Turkey, discovered in eastern Central Anatolia.
As the new sword has no inscriptions, ornaments or distinctive features, in addition to being in very bad condition, the specialists were unable to detect any trace of use. It is also unclear whether the weapon was used in combat, whether it was a ceremonial sword or just a symbolic item.