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Two unique weapons are ready to be handed over to the museum.

The archaeological workshops have completed a comprehensive restoration of two ancient artifacts. These are a 17th-century cleaver found on Zubovskaya Street, and a bayonet-knife of an Arisaka rifle from the early 20th century, found on the grounds of the Orphanage.

“The restorers have put in order two unique rare weapons finds. The iron cleaver, which is more than 300 years old, is an example of a type of military weapon common among peasants. It was he who could afford the disadvantaged strata of the population. In addition, for some time, the cleavers were in service with the Russian army. The second rare artifact is the Arisaka rifle bayonet of the early 20th century. It was invented in Japan for defense during close combat “, – said the head of the capital

Department of Cultural Heritage Alexey Emelyanov.

Now the artifacts are completely ready for transfer to the museum.

Slashers were in service with the Russian army from the middle of the 18th century to the second half of the 19th century, after which they were replaced by bebuts – double-edged daggers for close combat with a wooden handle. The restored exhibit dates back to the 17th century.

The bayonet of the Arisaka rifle was developed by Japanese engineers. It is a blade with a length of 400 or 510 millimeters, designed to be attached to the end of the barrel of an Arisaka system weapon. The bayonet-knife could have entered Russia as a trophy from the Russo-Japanese War, and such rifles were also used on the fronts of the First World War. The restored sample was most likely used during the 1905 workers’ uprising.

Preserving finds is an important part of archaeological work. At the first stage of restoration, specialists remove the soil, and then proceed to direct restoration. It can take from a week to several years, depending on the complexity of the artifact and its condition. Last year, more than 15 thousand unique objects of past centuries.

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