18th Century sword found in River Towy in Carmarthen

Started by gash, August 10, 2017, 05:29:32 pm

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Mystery surrounds the discovery of an 18th Century sword found on a riverbed in Carmarthenshire.

It was dredged up by coracleman Andrew Davies while casting his nets on the River Towy in Carmarthen.

These types of swords are strongly associated with Indonesia, but can also be found in Malaysia, Thailand, Singapore and the Philippines.

Pictures have been sent to the British Museum to find out how it reached the river and how long it has been there.

Mr Davies said he was fishing for sea trout in the river behind the town's B&Q store at night.

"As I pulled the net in, the sword was hanging in the back," he said.

"It is about 3ft (0.9m) long and has an eagle's head where the handle is."

He took the sword to Carmarthenshire County Museum in nearby Abergwili.

Read more : http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-south-west-wales-39929237
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