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2,000 yr. old Roman silver dagger found

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2,000-year-old silver dagger used by Roman soldier unearthed by scientists


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Archaeologists made a stunning discovery in Germany: a 2,000-year-old silver dagger in the grave of a Roman soldier.

The dagger was unearthed in its sheath at an ancient burial ground in Haltern am See, in western Germany, located near a former Roman military camp that was built about 2,000 years ago.

The weapon first had to be X-rayed and CT scanned. Due to extreme corrosion, it took scientists nine months of sandblasting and grinding to restore the 13-inch-long weapon to its former glory.

Bettina Tremmel, an archaeologist at the Westphalie Department for the Preservation and Care of Field Monuments in Germany, who took part in the excavation, described the find as unusual.

"The discovery of the dagger was emotional. We were lost for words," Tremmel told Live Science. "Imagine: Though thousands of Roman soldiers were stationed in Haltern over almost 15 years or more, there are only a few finds of weapons, especially complete and intact ones."

Tremmel explained that the dagger was probably used by an infantryman or an officer known as a centurion.

The restored dagger will be displayed publicly at the Roman Museum in Haltern in 2022.
 

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WOW, that is a beautiful restoration.
 
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Very cool to see something from so long ago. It still bothers me that they raided his grave. Is there a time period that makes this ok. My spirit says no. Logic says material things are of no use to the dead. What say you ?
 

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O would like to know if those are rubies on there ?
 

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I would love to learn what person with psi abilities would read off of holding this thing.