Sword

Starting from the Bronze Age and ending with the Middle Ages, in the funeral rites of various archaeological cultures and ethno-cultural groups in the territory of Eurasia there is a tradition associated with the deliberate deterioration of military weapons. Most often it can be traced to the finds of chopping weapons: swords, broadswords, sabers.

From the middle of the 9th century in the funeral rites of the Yenisei Kyrgyz, new elements are fixed that are associated with the ritual spoilage of a long-bladed slashing-cutting weapon. Most of the archaeological excavations from this time and the broadswords and sabers were placed in the grave with the blades deliberately bent down with blades. There are various explanations for this ritual: starting with the desire to protect the dead from living with the weapon, to ensure the “dying” of the blade with the owner, or when the deceased warrior did not have an heir. There are also purely practical "explanations" - to make a bulky blade more convenient for placement in small grave pits.

Dating: IX - XIII centuries. AD, location: Shushensky district of Krasnoyarsk region