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Four Swords Discovered in Israeli Cave

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4 Roman-era swords discovered after 1,900 years in Dead Sea cave: "Almost in mint condition" - CBS News

In my view they do not resemble the Gladius which was in use at the time of this find, nor is the find late enough to represent the spatha, a longsword type which became common in the Roman Army of the 3rd and 4th centuries. So I would suspect they belonged to Jewish fighters, perhaps Essenes. They could be from the period of the 1st Jewish revolt described by Flavius Josephus. EDIT: More likely the Simon Bar Kochba revolt against Hadrian as pointed out by @robinjojo.




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