The Chicago Field Museum bought a bronze age sword from the Hungarian National Museum in the 1930s thinking it was a replica. Now, nearly 100 years later, an archeologist for the Hungarian museum says there must have been an error at some point, the Field Museum announced Tuesday.
The 3-foot-long “replica” sword is actually 3,000 years old. It was initially discovered at the bottom of the Danube River, the second-longest river in Europe, in the 1930s in Budapest, Hungary. The Hungarian archeologist uncovered the truth behind the sword last summer during a visit to the Chicago museum.
“So I pull it out and he said after half a minute, this isn’t a replica, this is a real sword,” Bill Parkinson, the Chicago Field Museum curator of anthropology, said.