This stunning silver Roman dagger decorated with ornate foliage patterns is an extraordinary artifact. It was found by a teenager and the 2,000 weapon is despite its age in very good condition.
Nico Calman, 19, found the ancient dagger at a burial ground in Haltern am See, near Münster, Germany. The site was once part of the ancient Roman Empire. Archaeologists say the dagger was most likely used by legendary Germanic warriors in the 1st century.
Archaeologists have conducted excavations works in the region, but this weapon will provide us with valuable knowledge shedding more light on Romans’ presence east of the Rhine.
More than 30 years ago, archaeologists found several ancient skeletons nearby and it’s obvious at a clash between Romans soldiers and Germanic warriors took place there.
In the first decade of the first century A.D., Germany was very different from what it is today. Various tribes scattered across the country lived in loosely structured communities. Although they were independent of each other, they valued freedom more than anything. So, when faced with an invasion they organized themselves, put aside their differences and attacked their enemy.”
Germanic ‘ghost’ warriors were ancient Romans’ biggest nightmare because they appeared out of thin air, killed and vanished into the darkness, in the blink of an eye.
Michael Rind, director of archaeology at the local Westphalia-Lippe council, told The Times: “This combination of a completely preserved blade, sheath and belt, together with the important information about precisely where they were found, is without parallel.”
Ancient Romans liked to carry ornated daggers as these were seen as a sign of prestige. A Roamn soldier most likely dropped during battle. When the weapon was found and pulled from the ground it was completely encased. After nine months of restoration works, this unique weapon can be displayed to the public.
The ornate dagger is set to be displayed in Haltern’s Roman history museum in 2022.