[MR] History Blog: "Ulfberht" Sword Found in Polish River

Garth Groff and Sally Sanford mallardlodge1000 at gmail.com
Fri Jan 19 02:08:37 PST 2024

Noble Friends,

Yesterday the History Blog reported on the discovery of a nearly-intact
sword found during sediment removal on the River River in Poland.

The weapon is described as a Petersen Type-S sword, dating it to the 10th
century. Upon X-ray examination the blade was seen to carry the inscription
"Ulfberht". The word is Frankish, and such swords are thought to have
originated in the Rhineland. 170 examples are known to exist, most found
across northern Europe. The majority have been recovered from pagan
burials, thus calling them "Viking swords", despite their Frankish origin.

Once the sword is cleaned and conserved, it will be displayed in a Polish

The sword can be seen at https://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/69285 .

The Petersen sword typology is illustrated at
http://www.vikingsword.com/vbook/vtypes.pdf .

More about Ulfberht swords is found at
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ulfberht_swords .

For more about Viking/Carolingian swords see
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Viking_sword .

Yours Aye,

Mungo Napier, Laird of Mallard Lodge  🦆
Continuing a crusade to keep Merry Rose relevant and in business.

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