Researchers announced Monday that two incredibly rare swords were uncovered in the Cotswolds, England, during a metal detectorist rally.
The two Roman cavalry swords were found along with their wooden scabbards and fitments, according to a press release from the Cotswold District Council. The metal detectorist rally took place in the northern area of the English district.
The swords are said to be made in or around the year 160 AD, almost 2,000 years ago. Their length suggests they were used by those on horseback, and it was illegal for civilians to own or use them.
“This new discovery shows what an incredibly deep history the Cotswolds has. People famously asked, ‘What have the Romans ever done for us?’” council member Paul Hodgkinson said of the discovery. “Well, they have just given us some amazing examples of weapons used almost 2000 years ago when Cirencester was the second biggest town in Britain. This is truly a remarkable archaeological find and I can’t wait for visitors to see them on display in the years to come.” (RELATED: REPORT: Archaeologists Find Roman Amphitheater Near ‘Armageddon’ With Blood-Red Walls)
Only four such swords have been found, according to a video shared by the Cotswold District Council. Along with the weapons, the metal detectorists also found a copper alloy bowl, which was broken.