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Thanks George, another rich archeological site to watch. Modern tech is detecting so much ancient stuff from fossilized pre Cambrian bacteria to early civilizations and more. I can't wait to see what folks turn up when the Tricorder becomes available.

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I have always been intrigued by the construction of these.  Very often everything except the blade looks like it has been cast.  I don't know of any metallurgical analyses of iron vs. steel in these style of blades or wrought vs. cast.  I can believe a cast handle in brass/bronze/latten/orichalcum being fitted to a forged iron or steel blade but when the guard, grip, and hilt are all one piece in a ferrous material I have questions.

I don't know of any replications using period technology.  Thomas?  Thoughts?

"By hammer and hand all arts do stand."

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I haven't see good x-rays of the hilts to see if I can see how they were made.  I blew up the triptych of that one and I'd think that the hilt was assembled  in three parts: guard, grip, pommel; with the tang going all the way through, perhaps being riveted at the top.

Casting of iron and steel not a good guess for BC Rome.  Most likely low in carbon Wrought Iron  for the blade and hilt.  Getting into  early AD we start seeing piled blades and blades with higher C or Phosphorus edges, still generally NOT heat treated.  ("The Celtic Sword" Radomir Pleiner has good info about the metallurgy of Rome's enemies the Celts; but much later in time from when that blade was used.)

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