A new sword of the 'Arslantepe' type - Weapons technology of the Early Metal Period between representation and ritual [Ein neues Schwert vom Typus,Arslantepe'- frühmetallzeitliche Waffentechnologie zwischen Repräsentation und Ritual]
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This article presents a previously unpublished sword from the Necdet Dilek collection of the Tokat Museum, Turkey, which has never been properly acknowledged as the outstanding item that it actually is. The sword is a very rare type of double-edged metal baton, and is known so far exclusively from the site of Arslantepe, Malatya, Eastern Turkey, from a cache of items including typologically identical blades, dated to the latest 4th/earliest 3rd millennium BCE. It is argued that the new sword was indeed used in combat (a function that was previously denied), but also was a distinctive item to display power and prestige. The results of the non-destructive archaeometrical analysis, carried out with a portable XRF device, support our suspicion that the new,Arslantepe-type'â€̃ sword originates from the same region and cultural horizon as the Arslantepe swords, that is, modern Malatya (Eastern Turkey). © 2011 Walter de Gruyter.