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Eugeny Davidov




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PostPosted: Thu 24 Nov, 2011 2:35 am    Post subject: river found sword         Reply with quote

http://tvzvezda.ru/news/russia/content/201111231844-cnt7.htm

The sword which hypothetically was owned by prince Svetoslav was found in river Dnieper (Ukrane).
Great find!
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William Swiger




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PostPosted: Thu 24 Nov, 2011 4:26 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Thanks for posting. Really like the pommel on that find.
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Ken Speed





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PostPosted: Thu 24 Nov, 2011 4:58 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Eugeny,

Yes, It is a beautifully appointed sword and amazingly well preserved for being in a river for a thousand years more or less. I was interested to see the videos but could you please give those of us who don't speak Russian a brief summary and a little background on the hypothetical owner of the sword.
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Eugeny Davidov




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PostPosted: Thu 24 Nov, 2011 9:25 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Ken Speed wrote:
Eugeny,

Yes, It is a beautifully appointed sword and amazingly well preserved for being in a river for a thousand years more or less. I was interested to see the videos but could you please give those of us who don't speak Russian a brief summary and a little background on the hypothetical owner of the sword.


Hi, Ken, the hypothetical owner of sword is Great Prince of Kiev Svetoslav (942-972), according to the legend Svetoslav had been killed in fight with nomads right near the place where the sword was found. Some russian historians consider Svetoslav as one of the great troop leader of ancient Kiev's Russia. He fought in war with nomads (Pechenegs) and Byzantine Empire once besieged Constantinople. His mother princess Olga was christian but Svetoslav himself remained the heathen to preserve the respect of his troops.
The sword was fished out by fisherman from Dnieper river by spinning rod and wobbler Wink .
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Ken Speed





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PostPosted: Fri 25 Nov, 2011 5:41 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Eugeny,

Thank you for the information.

When you wrote, " The sword was fished out by fisherman from Dnieper river by spinning rod and wobbler ;" I couldn't help but think that must have truly been the catch of the day!
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Matt Corbin




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PostPosted: Fri 25 Nov, 2011 6:54 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Very interesting find. THanks for posting.

Wikipedia entry on the former owner for those interested:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sviatoslav_I_of_Kiev

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Phillip Oliver




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PostPosted: Fri 25 Nov, 2011 8:39 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Ken Speed wrote:
Eugeny,

Thank you for the information.

When you wrote, " The sword was fished out by fisherman from Dnieper river by spinning rod and wobbler ;" I couldn't help but think that must have truly been the catch of the day!


If I had caught something like that I would poop myself!

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Shahril Dzulkifli




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PostPosted: Sun 04 Dec, 2011 6:02 pm    Post subject: River-found sword         Reply with quote

I found many images of Prince Svyatoslav's sword and here's some of them



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Bernard Delor




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PostPosted: Mon 05 Dec, 2011 12:03 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

The blade shown in the video seems to have a composite steel structure (not really sure about it, as the video qualité is not very good). Any infos about this ?
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