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    New Mycenaean?? sword discovery

    Hey folks,
    Very interesting discovery recently on west coast of Greece - http://www.epoxi.gr/News08/news8103.3.htm

    The Naue ii sword has been provenanced to northern Italy (by metallurgical...
  2. Sticky: Warrior identity conference

    Angelos Papadopoulos and I will be organising a session at the World Archaeology Congress in Dublin which runs 29th of June to 4th of July. The exact date of our session is to be confirmed. It will...
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    shields etc.

    Hi,
    This testing is mentioned in brief in a chapter on Irish BA swords in a book that I edited, entitled "The Cutting Edge: Archaeological studies in combat and weaponry", which is due out in the...
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    spears

    That is really interesting about the mould flaws looking like wood patterning... unfortunately in a fantastically unwise lack of backing up I have lost many of my research photos so can't compare...
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    You are right Jeroen, the only evidence we have...

    You are right Jeroen, the only evidence we have is that they used wooden models as formers (apart of course from stone or the occasional bronze mould), there is even wood pattern on a small few Irish...
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    Socket depth

    Hey folks!
    It is really exciting that Neil is moving on to spearheads, they seem to be a complete nightmare to cast. From the little I know about casting, it would not surprise me if at least the...
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    The Irish organic shields generally fall into the...

    The Irish organic shields generally fall into the range 40-50cm in diameter for leather ones (based on Clonbrin shield and other formers), the wooden ones are odd. The Annadale shield is made from a...
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    If you can manage to get access to an academic...

    If you can manage to get access to an academic library, or perhaps interlibrary loan, the German series Prahistorische Bronzefunde is the key series on BA swords, they cover most areas of Europe, and...
  9. I am not too much of an idealist when it comes to...

    I am not too much of an idealist when it comes to ancient objects in circulation in a commercial environment, but does nobody else find it worrying that we are asking such questions of these...
  10. Sticky: The Material Culture and Data Science research...

    The Material Culture and Data Science research group are hosting an
    Experimental Archaeology Conference, to be held at the UCL Institute of
    Archaeology on Thursday 9th November 2006. The Conference...
  11. Thread: Javelins

    by Barry Molloy
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    I made some of the tanged 70mm long ones with...

    I made some of the tanged 70mm long ones with leaf-shaped blades. I fixed one to a 1.5m long ash shaft with a diameter of about 10mm, very light weight, I must admit to being a bit of a crap thrower...
  12. Ok, admittedly Ireland is the far flung reaches...

    Ok, admittedly Ireland is the far flung reaches of Europe, but the local Gundlingen variants there fall into two broad groups - ones with good functional similarities to EP swords (hardened, bevelled...
  13. Steve, that is an interesting suggestion about...

    Steve, that is an interesting suggestion about the scabbards and chapes. In Ireland the winged chapes have a single tiny rivet hole and are usually said to be a very weak attachment, but without...
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    They are two very interesting questions indeed,...

    They are two very interesting questions indeed, Dimitri. I think it would take several hours to deal with them in depth, but maybe for your own research, there are some articles which would also...
  15. There is also the slight problem with this notion...

    There is also the slight problem with this notion of "change" from long to short swords. In the Shaft Grave period there were quite a few long daggers / short swords of 350 to 400+mm in length,...
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    Dan, just noticed your picture there - is that...

    Dan, just noticed your picture there - is that Andrew Walpole's Dendra? Never followed up where that was going to after the initial announcement he was flogging it. Lucky git!!!!!

    B.
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    It wouldn't be!!! Just one more from a Mycenaean...

    It wouldn't be!!! Just one more from a Mycenaean site, as there are very few, would love to find out more about its find contex though...

    B.
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    Scales from Crete and Pylos? I have not seen any...

    Scales from Crete and Pylos? I have not seen any published as being of Bronze Age date if they come from these areas? There are the two larger plates from the Tombe de Nobili at Phaistos on Crete...
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    If it is stamped with a cartouche of Ramesses it...

    If it is stamped with a cartouche of Ramesses it is hard to see it as being ring-mail and Matthew must be right with it being a piece of scale armour. INteresting whetherwhich way as there is only...
  20. I would say that the Di might probably suit best...

    I would say that the Di might probably suit best with the Dendra (one was looted but recovered from this same tomb), and a Ci also came from this (tomb 12)... and another Di from Tholos Pit 1 and a...
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    Heya, Glad you like 'em Brock!! I reckon the...

    Heya,
    Glad you like 'em Brock!! I reckon the handles are all kinda like the B in that part of the handle should be organic beyond the end of the tang. The handles are typical of the ones I...
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    Quantifiable sword testing

    I am looking to do some test cutting with a variety of bronze and iron / steel blades to compare effectiveness and edge damage, and was wondering is anyone has info on using instrumentation to record...
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    Cheers for the advice Paul. The testing that I...

    Cheers for the advice Paul.

    The testing that I have been doing is manual test-cutting as the only tests that I have seen to date using a modified Monsanto Tensometer Balanced Impact Machine, and...
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    If there are any scientists in the house, are...

    If there are any scientists in the house, are there any suggestions as to what could be used to measure the velocity or power of a sword strike hitting a specific target. Neil was suggesting that we...
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    I think a problem with this debate is the either...

    I think a problem with this debate is the either : or scenario. In any form of battle using lines of men, the object is to break the opposing line, whether through penetration, flanking, artillery...
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