Medieval sword found in UK baffles historians with mysterious inscription

Started by gash, August 14, 2016, 08:34:08 pm

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Scientists are baffled by mysterious numerals etched into the blade of a medieval sword found in a riverbed in east England. The archaic weapon is thought to have belonged to a wealthy knight.
Discovered in a river in northern Lincolnshire in the 19th Century, the sword bears an unusual inscription along one side of its blade which reads: "+NDXOXCHWDRGHDXORVI+".

Experts suggest it may have been made in Germany between 1250 and 1330 AD. Though such embellishments are quite common on weapons from this era, it is the meaning of the markings which have confounded historians and archaeologists.

The sword is currently on display in London's British Library, which is hosting an exhibition called 'Magna Carta: Liberty, Law, Legacy.'

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