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The presented spear could have been forged either in the fifth or fifteenth century. In spite of the metallurgical examination carried out by specialists from the Jagiellonian University, it was not possible to determine the production date of the spearhead.

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The presented spear could have been forged either in the fifth or fifteenth century. In spite of the metallurgical examination carried out by specialists from the Jagiellonian University, it was not possible to determine the production date of the spearhead. It was found in the area of garden allotments at Czarna Góra in Olkusz by Janusz Grossman, who handed it over to the staff of the Jagiellonian University in 1996. After the conservation and examination mentioned earlier, the object was transferred to the Regional Museum in Olkusz. It turns out that the find was somewhat exaggerated, when classified as “the spear of the Longobards”; namely, the West Germanic people who conquered Italy in the 6th century AD, establishing the Kingdom of the Longobards on part of its territory. During the survey work, carried out in the place indicated by the finder, there were no cultural layers older than those dated to the 15th century, which precludes any connection of the exhibit with the Longobards.

Elaborated by Jacek Wilk (The Antoni Minkiewicz Regional Museum of the Polish Tourist and Sightseeing Society in Olkusz), editorial team of Małopolska’s Virtual Museums, © all rights reserved

 

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