Roman dagger uncovered by teenage archaeologist on work experience is restored to former glory

Andy Wells
Freelance Writer
The 2000 year old dagger and weapon belt of a legionary lies on a table of the LWL-Archaeology for Westphalia (Getty)

A 2,000-year-old Roman dagger that was unearthed by a teenager on work experience has been spectacularly restored to its former glory.

The ancient weapon is thought to have been used during a battle by a soldier from the Roman legion fighting a Germanic tribe in the 1st century.

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It was discovered by 19-year-old Nico Calman in a trench at a burial ground in Haltern am See, near Munster, in north-west Germany, last year.

The rare Roman weapon was discovered in the Roman burial ground at Haltern am See (Getty)

When it was originally discovered, the blade was covered in a thick layer of rust from 2,000 years of being buried.

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But the iron dagger is now back to its best following a painstaking nine-month process to restore it and is set to go on display with the belt it was discovered alongside.

Michael Rind, director of archaeology at the Westphalia-Lippe council, said: “This combination of a completely preserved blade, sheath and belt, together with the important information about precisely where they were found, is without parallel.”

Eugen Müsch, right, restorer of the LWL-Archaeology for Westphalia and 19-year-old Nico Calmund, trainee and finder, hold the ancient dagger (Getty)
The dagger and weapon belt of a legionary lies on a table of the LWL-Archaeology for Westphalia (Getty)

The dagger measures roughly as long as a an adult’s forearm and dates back to when the Roman Empire suffered a humiliating defeat in forests east of the Rhine, according to The Australian.

It is set to go on display at Haltern’s Roman history museum from 2022.

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