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Irish scientists fought bronze swords in the name of science

A team of scientists from Ireland could not reach consensus on the application of ancient bronze swords and decided to find the truth in a practical experiment. They ordered a set of replicas of swords and arranged a series of fights, reconstructing different situations in battle. It is noted that none of the scientists were injured, as opposed to their weapons. But it was the metal damage that was the purpose of the research.



The alloy of bronze and tin due to its simplicity and availability of components is considered one of the oldest, but it does not have the strength that combat weapons need. Excessive wear and tear makes such equipment unsuitable for permanent use, which is why the hypothesis emerged that the numerous findings of swords from the Bronze Age belong to ceremonial weapons. But scientists are confused by the damage on the found artifacts - swords were still used.

In the course of experimental battles, the fighters tried to hit in full force, resulting in notches, dents and other characteristic traces on the blades. Scientists compared these damages with archaeological finds and concluded that the ancient swords were still fighting.Moreover, by the nature of wear they were able to trace the general and personal evolution in the use of bladed weapons at the turn of the I-II centuries BC in modern Ireland.

An experienced fighter not only uses his weapons, but also takes care of them, cares for and repairs them. He tries to minimize the damage to the blade by using different types of blocking. Having analyzed 2500 samples, the scientists found that already at that time, with the general weak development of civilization, there were schools of fencing, which taught complex combat techniques to compensate for poor quality weapons. 

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