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Metallography of the 9th century sword of a Great Moravian nobleman buried in Mikulčice

Metallography of the 9th century sword of a Great Moravian nobleman buried in Mikulčice

By Hosek Jiri and Kosta Jiri

Metalurgija: Journal of Metallurgy, Vol.12:2-3 (2006)

Abstract: The investigated sword was uncovered in the basilica of the important Great Moravian settlement in Mikulčice. The importance of this 9th century weapon is demonstrated by the tomb (No.580), which ranks amongst the most important Great Moravian graves. The interred, who belonged to the highest Great Moravian nobility, held among others artefacts the sword with a blade consisting of steel cutting edges welded on a central steel core. Quenching of the edges however cannot be proved by the examination; the quality of the sword is discussed in the paper.

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