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Peter Cowan




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PostPosted: Fri 14 Dec, 2012 12:06 am    Post subject: Wanted. pictures and info on 7th cent. Finnish sword.         Reply with quote

Does any body out there have pictures or information on a sword, I believe is from Pappilanmaki, Satakunda, Finnland.
This is the only picture I have. I think either late 6th or early 7th Century. A recreation is being made for me and we need some pictures of the top of the ring and pommel. Any help would be greatly appreciated.



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Matthew Bunker




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PostPosted: Fri 14 Dec, 2012 3:27 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Peter, the paper you want is "'Ein Reitergrab der Merowingerzeit auf den Pappilanmaki im Kirchspiel Eura" by H. Salmo, published in the SMYA Journal XLVII.

Not read it myself so don't know if it shows the detail you want, just seen it referenced in Menghin.

The sword is held in Helsinki museum, who,, in conjunction with the University are currently developing this brilliant website on Finnish Iron Age weapons (this link takes you straight to the bit about Merovingian period ring-swords, including a colour photo of the Pappilanmaki and view of the top of a contemporary ring-sword pommel also from Finnland). Obviously it's in Finnish but it scrubs up quite well using Google Translate:-

http://www.helsinki.fi/arkeologia/rautaesine/...miekat.htm

In the absence of anything else, best bet might be to drop the museum a mail?

"If a Greek can do it, two Englishman certainly can !"
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Antonio Lamadrid





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PostPosted: Fri 14 Dec, 2012 8:59 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

One of my favourite swords ever!

Here a bit of info about the warrior, rather than the sword (pg. 88):
http://www.helsinki.fi/venaja/nwrussia/eng/Co...rpelan.pdf



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Peter Cowan




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PostPosted: Sat 15 Dec, 2012 2:13 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Thanks to Matt, Rune and Antonio for your help. When the sword is finished I will post some pictures here.
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