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The NAUE II Sword : Atom Bomb of the Bronze Age

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Ladies and Gentlemen, welcome to the series NAUE II SWORDS, GERMS, & IRON brought to us by none other than Dr. Louise Hitchcock and this episode is going to be about plague and the Bronze Age collapse. This episode will also be drawing on modern parallels such as "What Covid-19 Can Tell Us About the Bronze Age (12th cent) Collapse?"

This episode is a continuation of a series of presentations given by Dr. Louise Hitchcock involving the Bronze Age Collapse! This time we come to the incredibly vicious and awesome weapon commonly called the Naue II Sword!

One of the most important, and longest-lasting, types of European swords during this early period of human history was the Naue II type, named for Julius Naue who first described them and also known as Griffzungenschwert or "grip-tongue sword".

It first appears in c. the 13th century BC in Northern Italy (or a general Urnfield background), and survived well into the Iron Age, with a life-span of about seven centuries, until the 6th century BC.

During its lifetime the basic design was maintained, although the material changed from bronze to iron. Naue II swords were exported from Europe to the Aegean, and as far afield as Ugarit, beginning about 1200 BC, i.e. just a few decades before the final collapse of the palace cultures in the Bronze Age collapse.

Naue II swords could be as long as 85 cm, but most specimens fall into the 60 to 70 cm range.

The expanse of the Naue II Sword.

https://www.researchgate.net/publication/292397599_The_Dissemination_of_Naue_II_swords_-_a_Case_Study_on_Long-distance_Mobility

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