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A Roman iron dagger inlaid with silver that a legionnaire would have lost in the Battle of the Teutoburg Forest shines again after a restoration that lasted nine months, reported The Times.
Nico Calman, a 19-year-old trainee archaeologist, found that ornate dagger almost a year ago while digging a trench in a cemetery near the present Haltern am See (North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany).
In those lands, the Romans suffered a very serious defeat before a confederation of Germanic tribes in AD 9.
Publius Quintilio Varus, governor of the province of Germania Magna, lost three full legions and his own life in an ambush organized by the Arminian chieftain.
This defeat shocked the society of ancient Rome, since decades later the historian Suetonius wrote that August he shouted months later: «Quintili Vare, legions redde"(" Quintilio Varus, give me back my legions, "in Latin).
The Roman dagger was so well preserved that even his sheath made of linden wood and the linen thread of his belt withstood the more than 2,000 years that passed since its elaboration.