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October 2012
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Mystery Behind Ultimate Weapon Used By World's Fiercest Warriors

The Vikings were among the fiercest warriors of all time, and a select few carried the ultimate weapon: a sword nearly 1,000 years ahead of its time.

In NOVA: Secrets of the Vikings Sword, airing Wednesday at 8 p.m. on tpt 2, learn the secrets behind this super sword’s design, creation and how it's use have remained hidden for centuries.

It's called the Ulfberht sword and it was fashioned using a process that would remain unknown to the Vikings’ rivals for centuries -- the feared Ulfberht was a revolutionary high-tech tool as well as a work of art.

Considered one of the greatest swords ever made, it remains a fearsome weapon more than a millennium after it last saw battle.

But how did Viking sword makers design and build the Ulfberht, and what was its role in history?

In Secrets of the Viking Sword, NOVA and National Geographic follow a modern day swordsmith as he endeavors to become the first person in a thousand years to bring this mysterious sword back to life.

NOVA uses cutting-edge science and old-fashioned detective work to reconstruct the Ulfberht and finally unravel the mystery of the Viking sword.

Watch NOVA: Secrets of the Vikings Sword this Wednesday at 8 p.m. on tpt 2 and check out a preview below of this new NOVA episode.

Watch Secrets of the Viking Sword Preview on PBS. See more from NOVA.

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