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A sword from the 16th century was found at the bottom of Lake Zurich.

A very interesting relic was found by underwater archaeologists at the bottom of Lake Zurich, near the Swiss town of Freienbach. Researchers notified by a kayaker unearthed a well-preserved sword from the 16th century. A haphazard tourist kayaking through the depths of Lake Zurich noticed an object in the clear water at the bottom of
Published: December 17, 2020 - 12:35
Updated: July 22, 2023 - 21:43
A sword from the 16th century was found at the bottom of Lake Zurich.

A very interesting relic was found by underwater archaeologists at the bottom of Lake Zurich, near the Swiss town of Freienbach. Researchers notified by a kayaker unearthed a well-preserved sword from the 16th century.

A haphazard tourist kayaking through the depths of Lake Zurich noticed an object in the clear water at the bottom of the lake, which piqued his interest. He informed the discovery He informed the relevant institutions and underwater archaeologists arrived on site.

antique sword at the bottom of a lake Following a reconnaissance of the the designated locationtwo underwater archaeologists have brought to the surface antique sword. The found artefact measures almost 1.2 m in length and has been preserved in very good condition to the present day.

sword lying at the bottom of a lake According to experts, the weapon was made on early 16th century and it is a two-handed sword. Archaeologists have found an artefact along with other pieces of equipment such as a belt and scabbard. A small knife and an awl were also located at the site. In those times they were used as cutlery, so for practical reasons they were often carried on the outside of the sword hilt.

It is not known how items were found at the bottom It is not known how the objects found their way to the bottom of Lake Zurich, but it is certain that they stayed there for a long time. Now they have been taken to a restoration workshop. In the near future, specialists will clean and treat them, which will restore them to their former glory and undoubtedly protect them from damage.

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Editor-in-chief of the DIVERS24 portal and magazine. Responsible for obtaining, translating and developing content. He also supervises all publications. Achived his first diving certification – P1 CMAS, in 2000. Has a degree in journalism and social communication. In the diving industry since 2008.
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