In 1965 Archaeologists In China Discovered A Perfectly Preserved 2,400-Year-Old Weapon

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Central China, 1965. A team of archaeologists are exploring a network of subterranean tombs when they locate an ancient, water-logged casket. Prizing it open, they find a human skeleton and a sealed wooden box. Within that box is a sword – a beautifully crafted instrument that no one had set eyes on for some 2,400 years.

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Swords have long represented power within human societies. For warriors of so many cultures and times, swords have been seen to symbolize strength, chivalry and masculinity – as well as war. Indeed, this is reflected in the plethora of hero myths that have survived through the ages, from King Arthur and Excalibur to the Greek myth of Perseus.

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Specifically, the so-called Sword of Goujian – discovered in the Chinese tomb in 1965 – is an incredible cultural treasure. Its workmanship is sublime and its physical properties are extraordinary. And its discovery in modern times has allowed historians to take a look back into an ancient world.

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