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World's First Swords - "Swords of Arslantepe"

The first thing that comes to my mind when I hear the word sword is "Excalibur", the legendary sword of King Arthur. But, it was the ancient people from Turkey back in 3300 BC that made something similar to modern swords.

Swords of Arslantepe, Turkey - 3300 BC

The coolest swords in the world are definitely the notorious Japanese Katanas, with their sharp double edges and the hilt to hold the sword.


Many people believed that the oldest known swords are only dated to around 1500 BC until an Archaeologist from Italy proved them wrong. It was the Rome University archaeologist Marcella Frangipane that discovered a set of nine swords at Arslantepe, Turkey dating back to 3300 BC, almost twice the previous estimations, which is the very start of the Bronze age.

Frangipane announced that The swords of Arslantepe are the world’s earliest and the first swords ever made.



Why was the first sword created?

Historians believe that this sword was most probably used for combative purposes – but may have also meant for ceremonial purposes. It's also quite probable that the sword was associated with a burial ritual.

The swords of Arslantepe are crafted using an alloy of Arsenic-copper and were found to be in a good condition.


These nine swords have a total length that ranges between 45 to 60 centimeters, the longest having a length of 65 cm.



Did you know?

The Talwar, 17th Century Indian sword

There are a lot of swords from India, like Talwar, Kukri, Firangi etc., out of which Talwar is probably the most famous sword.


It was a curved sword with a single cutting edge. It was introduced to India by the invading Muslims back in 14th century.

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