Researchers have unearthed a 5,000-year-old crystal dagger. The translucent weapon, they say is the “most technically sophisticated weapon” ever to be found in Prehistoric Iberia, located in Southwestern Spain and required immense skill to carve. The study was conducted by researchers from the University of Granada, the University of Seville and the Spanish Higher Research Council and has been published in Quaternary International.
Carved out of rock crystal, the dagger is predicted to be 5,000 years old. The artifact, which is about 5,000 years old, is nearly 8.5 inches long and was found along with 10 arrowheads, four blades and a core for making weapons, all of which were rock crystal. As the dagger was found far from crystal caves, researchers have predicted that it must have been made by a person who had paid a hefty amount for the same. Therefore, they associated it with the elite. The prehistory of the Iberian Peninsula begins with the arrival of the first hominins 1.2 million years ago and ends with the arrival of the Phoenicians, when the territory enters the domains of written history.
Researchers also speculate that rock crystal during this time may have had a symbolic significance and such societies used it for vitality, magical powers and connections with ancestors. The teams worked at the site from 2007 through 2010, and published their findings in 2015 that details the trove of crystal weapons.