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Elling Polden




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PostPosted: Fri 21 Aug, 2009 4:45 am    Post subject: Norwegian museum photo database         Reply with quote

Hi
Just got linked to this page, containing photos of some of the items in the Norwegian university museums!
Sword search;
http://www.unimus.no/foto/#/P=search/S=sverd/I=228158KHM
Spear search
http://www.unimus.no/foto/#/P=search/S=spyd/I=null
Axe search
http://www.unimus.no/foto/#/P=search/S=%25F8ks/I=12867KHM

"this [fight] looks curious, almost like a game. See, they are looking around them before they fall, to find a dry spot to fall on, or they are falling on their shields. Can you see blood on their cloths and weapons? No. This must be trickery."
-Reidar Sendeman, from King Sverre's Saga, 1201
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Scott Kowalski




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PostPosted: Fri 21 Aug, 2009 5:09 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Very nice find Elling! Now if only I read more then just English and some Spanish. Confused Oh well, at least pictures are a universal language we can all understand.

Scott

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Arne Focke
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PostPosted: Fri 21 Aug, 2009 6:47 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Thanks for posting this!
So schön und inhaltsreich der Beruf eines Archäologen ist, so hart ist auch seine Arbeit, die keinen Achtstundentag kennt! (Wolfgang Kimmig in: Die Heuneburg an der oberen Donau, Stuttgart 1983)
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Andrew Pribor





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PostPosted: Fri 21 Aug, 2009 6:50 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Amazing link! Great to see photos of the pieces that are not normally published. Thank you for posting.

A.

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Paul Mortimer




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PostPosted: Fri 21 Aug, 2009 7:34 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Wonderful stuff, Elling. Many thanks,

Paul
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Tim Lison




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PostPosted: Fri 21 Aug, 2009 8:33 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Excellent link! Great stuff there! Thanks very much Elling.
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Shae Bishop




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PostPosted: Fri 21 Aug, 2009 10:27 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Is this sword bent, as it seems to be, or is there any chance the blade actually has a slight downward curve?
http://www.unimus.no/foto/#/P=search/S=sverd/I=22916KHM
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Elling Polden




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PostPosted: Fri 21 Aug, 2009 5:04 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Shae Bishop wrote:
Is this sword bent, as it seems to be, or is there any chance the blade actually has a slight downward curve?
http://www.unimus.no/foto/#/P=search/S=sverd/I=22916KHM


It is bent. You can tell from the shadow of the blade; it touches the table about 3/4ths dow, then bends back up.
Many of the blades have been deliberately been made useless before putting them in the grave, maybe to disuade grave robbers, or as part of a sacreficial rite.

This one is a fav in that category;
http://www.unimus.no/foto/#/P=search/S=sverd%...I=85676KHM

"this [fight] looks curious, almost like a game. See, they are looking around them before they fall, to find a dry spot to fall on, or they are falling on their shields. Can you see blood on their cloths and weapons? No. This must be trickery."
-Reidar Sendeman, from King Sverre's Saga, 1201
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Dan Dickinson
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PostPosted: Fri 21 Aug, 2009 5:48 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Does anyone else see what I see.....another viking type XII (like the one from Bern in SAC) ?
http://www.unimus.no/foto/#/P=search/S=sverd/I=20168KHM
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Johan S. Moen




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PostPosted: Sat 22 Aug, 2009 2:57 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

I like this site, hopefully they'll be getting more pictures up, as well as more accurate dating assigned to pictures. Including excerpts from conservation reports like they do at Historiska Museet in Stockholm would be nice to. Still, good site, especially considering the usual efficiency and userfriendliness of the Norwegian museums...

The only real qualm I have are some of the object definitions assigned to the pictures, such as "Possibly a key?" posted beside a bronze strap divider.... Razz

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Elling Polden




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PostPosted: Mon 12 Apr, 2010 8:53 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

The university museum picture database has been updated, with a new site, interface and more pictures...
Unfortunately, they are still lacking a "search by period" feature...

Swords:
http://www.unimus.no/arkeologi/#/listView?div...tRecord=60

Axes;
http://www.unimus.no/arkeologi/#/listView?div...Record=420

Spears
http://www.unimus.no/arkeologi/#/listView?div...y=artifact

armour;
http://www.unimus.no/arkeologi/#/listView?div...y=artifact

"this [fight] looks curious, almost like a game. See, they are looking around them before they fall, to find a dry spot to fall on, or they are falling on their shields. Can you see blood on their cloths and weapons? No. This must be trickery."
-Reidar Sendeman, from King Sverre's Saga, 1201
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