The Urnfield culture was a Late Bronze Age civilization in central Europe, dating from circa 1550-900 B.C. A highly militaristic people, they were known for widespread warfare that caused upheaval across the Eastern Mediterranean and the Near East. In addition to the examples found in Urnfield cemeteries in Europe, a large number of swords were found across Greece at sites like Mycenae and Tiryns on the mainland as well as Crete and the islands. From their presence, it has been deduced that these Northern peoples invaded and were responsible for the fall of the Mycenaean civilization. Their military pursuits did not end there, since swords are found in the Eastern Balkans, Egypt and the Holy Land region.
This type of sword finds its strength from its long sturdy tang, which is essentially the continuation of the blade below the grip, fastened by rivets. As H. Schutz explains (The Prehistory of Germanic Europe, p. 147), "This new sword, reinforced at the hilt, its blade weighted towards the tip, was a cleaving sword. Its user did not need to fear that the force of the impact would sever the rivets which joined hilt to blade." For a near identical sword, see no. 92 in Schutz, op. cit.