May 22, 2015 (Source: http://phys.org)
Sometimes old friends give you a surprise. Russian archaeologists were conducting a routine examination of an old sabre unearthed seven years ago in Yaroslavl, when it turned out to be oldest crucible steel weapon in East Europe.
“It was a highly unexpected and exciting find,” said Dr. Asya Engovatova from the RAS Institute of Archaeology, who lead the research. “We were analysing a fragment of a sabre that had already been in the Yaroslavl State Museum over seven years – and discovered it was a unique artifact.”
The sabre was unearthed by Engovatova and her colleagues in 2007 at an excavation site in the historic centre of the city of Yaroslavl, alongside the Dormition Cathedral. The site is a mass grave of city defenders and civilians slaughtered by Batu Khan’s invaders on a single day 1238.