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Help translate the ancient unknown language on this sword

Help translate the ancient unknown language on this sword
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In our modern life, we don't encounter swords much outside of the movie screen. For thousands of years, however, they were the pinnacle of weapons technology (and often non-weapons technology).

Then the rise of gunpowder and portable guns swiftly made them obsolete in the Western world. In the several hundred years since swords disappeared, a lot of their history went, too, and is only now being rediscovered.

One mystery is that some swords include engravings on the blades. There's the famous Viking swords with the engraving "+ULFBERH+T", for example, that were centuries ahead of their time. Unfortunately, no one knows who or what "Ulfberht" was, but at least it's identifiable as a name.

The British Library recently started examining a sword from the 13th century that has an engraving unlike anything else. In fact, the researchers are so stumped they turned to the Internet for help.

Next page: What can you make of this engraving?
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