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R. D. Simpson




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PostPosted: Thu 18 Sep, 2008 6:35 pm    Post subject: Shield Discovery in Denmark         Reply with quote

I ran across this article and though the rest of you folks might be interested:
1,000-year old Viking shield found in Denmark

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PostPosted: Thu 18 Sep, 2008 6:47 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Wow! I'm amazed that the wood held up for so long! It looks like it's in pretty good condition too. Neat little article! Thanks for posting it.
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PostPosted: Thu 18 Sep, 2008 8:47 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Going to be very neat to see what they can learn from it.
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PostPosted: Fri 19 Sep, 2008 1:37 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

http://www.pixcetera.com/news/a-relic-from-the-viking-age/35389

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PostPosted: Fri 19 Sep, 2008 6:21 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Interesting pics, Bruno. It seems like the shield is somewhat bowed. Do you think this is caused from it's burial in wet earth for 1,000 years or an intentional attempt to improve its deflective capability?
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PostPosted: Fri 19 Sep, 2008 6:54 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Nathan Keysor wrote:
Interesting pics, Bruno. It seems like the shield is somewhat bowed. Do you think this is caused from it's burial in wet earth for 1,000 years or an intentional attempt to improve its deflective capability?
Most images I've seen from psalters from around the same time show pretty strongely curved shields (see f.e.: http://tinyurl.com/4gghws), so it may even have been flattened a fair bit.

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PostPosted: Fri 19 Sep, 2008 9:06 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

To my knowledge there is no evidence that curved shields were ever used in the 10th century viking Denmark.

The article tell us almost nothing at all. It will be interesting to follow the progress of the archeological work of the shield (if it is a shield?)
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PostPosted: Fri 19 Sep, 2008 3:18 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

I would like to know the thickness of that shield and what type of wood was used. I would like to use that info to get an approximate weight.
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PostPosted: Fri 19 Sep, 2008 5:15 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Interesting find, since there are only a few Viking shields known (other than the Goksted finds which were probably made cheaply for burial). People interested in the Viking Age might have to wait five years or more for the publication, though! The article said that it was made of fir.

I think there is a debate whether domed shields were used in early medieval Europe, but Norse shields seem to have been flat.
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PostPosted: Fri 19 Sep, 2008 7:19 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Not much can be said from the pics. Wonder how they know it is for sure a shield rather than a wheel or something.
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PostPosted: Sat 20 Sep, 2008 3:24 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Jim Adelsen wrote:
Not much can be said from the pics. Wonder how they know it is for sure a shield rather than a wheel or something.


I made the same observation.
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PostPosted: Sat 20 Sep, 2008 6:27 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

I would say it looks far too thin to be a wheel, and a bit small for that matter.

Bit too big, (and thin) for the top of a berrel, so a shield seems most likely.
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