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Investigation as ancient swords found in river

Published 13/12/2012 | 05:00

A TEAM of underwater archaeologists is to be dispatched to a secret location on the River Shannon following the discovery of two ancient swords.

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The swords were discovered by divers from the Shannonside Sub Aqua Club in Co Offaly, in August and September.

Postman John Heffernan discovered the first sword while on a routine dive.

Assistant keeper at the National Museum, Dr Andy Halpin, said it was probably a Viking sword from the 10th Century.

The second sword is an older pre-Viking type dating from between the 5th and 7th Centuries.

The National Museum of Ireland is currently carrying out conservation work on both swords. They intend to send a team of archaeologists to the site in the coming months.

Irish Independent

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