Irish scientists fought with bronze swords in the name of science

A team of scientists from Ireland could not come to a consensus on the use of ancient bronze swords and decided to find the truth in a practical experiment. They ordered a set of replica swords and staged a series of duels, reconstructing various situations in battle. It is noted that none of the scientists was injured, unlike their weapons, but it was precisely the damage to the metal that was the purpose of the study.

The alloy of copper and tin, due to its simplicity and availability of components, is considered one of the oldest, but it does not have the strength that military weapons need. Excessive wear and tear makes such equipment unsuitable for constant use, and therefore it was hypothesized that numerous finds of swords from the Bronze Age belong to ceremonial weapons. But scientists are confused by the damage to the found artifacts - they still used swords. But how exactly?

During experimental battles, the fighters tried to hit with full force, as a result of which cuts, dents and other characteristic marks remained on the blades. Scientists have compared this damage to archaeological finds and concluded that the ancient swords were still fighting. Moreover, by the nature of wear, they managed to trace the general and personal evolution in the use of bladed weapons at the turn of the 1st-2nd centuries BC. on the territory of modern Ireland.

An experienced fighter not only uses his weapon, but also looks after it, protects and repairs it. He seeks to minimize damage to the blade by applying different types of blocking. After analyzing 2, 500 samples, scientists found that even in those days, with the general weak development of civilization, there were fencing schools, in which they taught complex combat techniques to compensate for the low quality of weapons.