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Scott Roush
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PostPosted: Fri 04 Feb, 2011 11:40 am    Post subject: references for weapons of the early Britons         Reply with quote

Hello,

I'm looking for references to the type of iron weapons that would've been made and utilized by early Iron Age 'Britons' prior to Roman invasion. Maybe even prior to Celtic invasion if that is a possibility.

Thanks a lot!

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PostPosted: Fri 04 Feb, 2011 11:56 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

See "British Iron Age Swords and Scabbards" I.M. Stead, ISBN 0-7414-2323-4, The British Museum Press. My copy arrived today so haven't had a really good look yet
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PostPosted: Fri 04 Feb, 2011 12:35 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

thank you... that does indeed seem relevant.

I'm interested in forging some wrought iron into spear points and knives that would have been used during that time period. So far I can only find references to iron smelting locations.

I'm very new to this line of inquiry so please smack me in the face if I'm missing the obvious....

I'm also trying to find a good model to resurrect Cedric the Saxon's short boar spear from 'Ivanhoe'.

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PostPosted: Fri 04 Feb, 2011 12:58 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Scott Roush wrote:
thank you... that does indeed seem relevant.

I'm interested in forging some wrought iron into spear points and knives that would have been used during that time period. So far I can only find references to iron smelting locations.

I'm very new to this line of inquiry so please smack me in the face if I'm missing the obvious....

I'm also trying to find a good model to resurrect Cedric the Saxon's short boar spear from 'Ivanhoe'.


I was going to suggest the same book that Philip did, but if you are looking on information on knives and spears you might have to look elsewhere as you won't find any information on them in that book. It may still be worthwhile to you from a more general information on metallurgy and some construction techniques perspective. It's fairly pricey though for not focusing on the area you are looking for.

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PostPosted: Fri 04 Feb, 2011 1:55 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

You can also take a look at "Iron Age Cemeteries in East Yorkshire" (English Heritage Archaeological Report) by I.M. Stead published in 1991.
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Scott Roush
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PostPosted: Wed 09 Feb, 2011 7:07 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Just found this...

http://livinghistory.ie/viewtopic.php?f=7&t=1433&p=12700

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PostPosted: Thu 10 Feb, 2011 3:01 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Thats really nice Happy It gives you a good start into the Irish forms and styles.
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Scott Roush
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PostPosted: Thu 10 Feb, 2011 8:18 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Yes indeed... I can hardly wait to do an interpretation of a Crannog 'short sword'. And maybe some Crannog inspired knives....
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