Local amateur finds Roman-era weapons

A local amateur explorer discovered Roman-period spearheads, while conducting metal detection survey in the area of Susz, North Poland. Previously he discovered a Roman spatha-type sword in the area.

A Roman-period spearhead (by Towarzystwo Miłośników Ziemi Suskiej)

The man is the chairman of the local heritage group of the Susz area (Towarzystwo Miłośników Ziemi Suskiej). He has the permission of the local heritage office to conduct his searches. The objects he finds are deposited either in the local heritage museum, either are forwarded to archaeological museums. In the past artefacts such as a trove of Teutonic Order’s coins from 15th cent. AD, or a Roman cavalry sword, spatha, dating to 4th-5th cent. BC were found by him.

A Roman spatha-type sword (by Towarzystwo Miłośników Ziemi Suskiej)

The latest find, from December 2016 is an iron spearhead. It was found in the vicinity of the Kamieniec, near Susz. The weapon was deposited in the Muzeum in Ostróda. The object was initially identified as a spearhead dating to the end of the Roman Empire period between rth-5th cent. AD. It might be connected with the presence of the Wielbark culture people in the area, which however is known for very rarely depositing such weapons as grave goods.

Roman-era spearhead before restoration (by Towarzystwo Miłośników Ziemi Suskiej)

(after Towarzystwo Miłośników Ziemi Suskiej)

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