Author: Miklós Szabó
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In a study published in Archaeologiai Értesítő 139 (2014), Tibor Kemenczei reviewed the research history of various prehistoric finds in the collection of the Hungarian National Museum. Based on his meticulous examination of the museum records, he clarified the problem of how the La Tène sword from Hatvan-Boldog was “doubled”. As it turned out, the sword did not perish during World War II, but was taken to Nyíregyháza as part of a loan, where it was later inventoried as an artefact originating from Gáva-Katóhalom. This discussion article addresses the relevant problems based on the records from the 1970s, which offer some instructive conclusions from a museological perspective (documentation of loaned items, re-inventorying, etc.). One significant information for international scholarship is that the sword from Hatvan-Boldog does not have a “twin” in Nyíregyháza. The final section of the study corrects the dating of the sword and touches upon the issue of the type’s designation.

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