MARY REICHARD, HOST: Talk about mislabeling!
Consider the Field Museum in Chicago. Back in the ‘30s it received a sword pulled out of the Danube River in Hungary. It looked like a weapon from the bronze age—3,000 years ago!— but all things considered, curators assumed it was a replica.
…until a Hungarian scholar visited the museum last year.
William Parkinson is curator of anthropology at the Field Museum. Here’s Parkinson on television station FOX 32:
PARKINSON: So I pull it out. He looks at it for half a minute and says this isn't a replica. This is a real sword.
Metallurgy analysis confirmed it.
PARKINSON: ...usually it goes the other way. It's seldom that you've got something in your collection that's said, in the collection records for 100 years. This is a replica that you find out no, it's actually the real deal.
Scholars suggest the sword may have been tossed into the river in a ritual to commemorate those who died in battle. A literal “burying of the hatchet.”
You can see the sword this spring at the Field Museum’s “First Kings of Europe” exhibition.
BROWN: Field trip!
REICHARD: It’s The World and Everything in It.
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