This book assesses the results of recent metallographic examination of 45 sword blades (mid-2nd century BC to early-16th century) from the territory of what is now Poland. Pre-Roman blades were usually made from one piece of metal of varying quality (better quality items were perhaps imported). Most high quality and complex technology Roman blades were in all probability of Roman provenance, while some low quality one-piece examples may have been made locally. The Migration Period and Early Middle Ages witnessed the greatest diversification of technological solutions. However it is much more difficult to define the provenance of blades based on their technology in these periods. The range of technologies in use strongly decreased in the High and Late Middle Ages.
|Publisher:||Brown, David Book Company|
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Table of ContentsIntroductionDistribution and Typochronology of Finds: Geography of FindsTypochronology of FindsThe Pre-Roman PeriodThe Roman Period and the Early Migration PeriodThe Migration Period and the Early Medieval PeriodBlades of Type X (E. Oakeshott) and its variantsType X, A, 1 (E. Oakeshott)Type X/Xa, A/B, 3 (E. Oakeshott)Type X/XII, B, 1/1a (E. Oakeshott)Type XI, A, 1 (E. Oakeshott)The High Medieval Period and the Late Medieval PeriodType XIIa, I, 2 (E. Oakeshott)Blade Type XIIIa (E. Oakeshott)Type XIIIa, J, 1/2 (E. Oakeshott)Type XIIIa, I, 5 (E. Oakeshott)Type XIIIa/XVIa, H/H1/I, 1/7 (E. Oakeshott)Type XIIIa, Z2b, 5 (E. Oakeshott)Type XIIa/XVIa, I/J (E. Oakeshott)Type XVIa, G/G3, 5 (E. Oakeshott)Type XVIa, H/H1, 1/2 (E. Oakeshott)Type XVIa, I/I1, 1/1b (E. Oakeshott)Type XVIa, T3, 9 (variant)Blade Type XVII (E. Oakeshott)Type XVII, G/H/H1, 1/2/7Type XVII, T4/T5, 2/7Type XIX (variant), T6, 6 (variant) (E. Oakeshott)Type XX (variant), T, 1a. Stamps, Marks and Inscriptions on the Examined Swords: The Early Medieval PeriodThe High Medieval Period and the Late Medieval PeriodMarks on blades. Technological ExaminationsMethods of obtaining iron and steel in Antiquity and the Middle AgesTypochronology of sword blade constructionMethods of researchClassification of sword blade construction typesThe Pre-Roman PeriodThe Roman Period and the Early Migration PeriodThe Migration Period and the Early Medieval PeriodThe High Medieval and Late Medieval PeriodsSax bladesTechnology and provenance of sword bladesTechnology and blade typesTechnology of sword blades from the Pre-Roman Period to the Early Modern Age. Conclusions and Suggestions for Further Research. Appendix. Bibliography.