Znalezisko miecza przerobionego na narzędzie z Lęborka, woj. pomorskie
Find of a sword converted into a tool from Lębork, Pomeranian Voivodeship
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In 2012, during archaeological excavations conducted at Plac Pokoju Square in Lębork, within remains of a building from the initial phase of the town formation a sword was found. The artefact assigned to the type XVIa after Oakeshott dated to the late 14th and the early 15th century had some rare features. The first of them were marks in the form of a cross with crossbars (cross potent) in a triangular shield, which have analogies on sword from Santok and a sword stored in the Museum für Deutsche Geschichte in Berlin. Both swords are associated with real people and events. These swords would have been gifts of the Teutonic Order oferred to rulers of Bohemia for their participation in the crusades against the Baltic tribes. The sword of Lębork represents a similar style and despite less impressive form of the mark it can also be associated with the Teutonic Order. Another distinguishing feature of this artefact is the alteration it underwent. Most likely after it was a broken it was reforged into a spokeshave. Swords converted into tools are found very rarely and the only analogy is an artefact from Swiebodzin, which after it was broken underwent a similar processing.
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