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Nova: Secrets of the Viking Sword

Synopsis
This documentary examines one of the most formidable weapons of of the Middle Ages: the Viking Ulfberht sword: a light, razor sharp, virtually indestructible weapon, with the name ULFBERHT inlaid along the blade. But who Ulfberht was, where the sword came from, and how it was made remained secrets for more than 1,000 years. This programme attempts to shed some light on the mystery by conducting an investigation into the weapon’s history and hallenging a master Wisconsin swordsmith to reproduce the sword by following the original process as closely as possible.
Series
Nova, Series
Language
English
Country
United States
Year of release
2012
Year of production
2012
Subjects
Archaeology; History; Science
Keywords
metalworking; swordfighting; Vikings; archaeological finds

Distribution Formats

Type
DVD
Format
Region 1 NTSC
Price
$19.99
Availability
Sale
Duration/Size
60 minutes
Year
2012

Production Company

Name

PBS

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Distributor

Name

PBS Shop

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