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Matt J




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PostPosted: Thu 10 Nov, 2016 12:12 pm    Post subject: Arrow Type classifications         Reply with quote

Does anyone know where there is a list of medieval arrow types? Preferably with photos or drawings.

I keep seeing things like "type 1 arrow" or "type 3 arrow" and I can find some images online but I can't seem to find a reliable source that includes all of the different types.

Is there a name for this system of arrowhead classification, like there is for swords?
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Glen A Cleeton




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PostPosted: Thu 10 Nov, 2016 5:57 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

A Google image or web search will lead to a lot of resources

a Google Search result
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Matt J




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PostPosted: Fri 11 Nov, 2016 7:24 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

I thought I explained myself well, but I guess not well enough.

The first thing I did was use a google search. I found lots of different images like the ones you posted, but they are not all the same. I found no image that had different arrowheads labeled with a "type" or "number" that was the same as the picture next to it.

But on this website I see people posting about arrows while describing them using their type number. It seems that there is a universal system. Would you mind finding a picture that is reliable and linking it? Unless that was what you've already done, but it just looks like a page of images to me.

https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/originals/4f/99/83/4f99838a853883b87e7a2e230e646eae.jpg

Does this image correctly label each arrowhead? Because it was one of the first I saw, but I have no way of knowing that these numbers are universal because it's just some random pintrest.
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Glen A Cleeton




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PostPosted: Fri 11 Nov, 2016 4:26 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Try looking at sites rather than simply looking at a few images that lead a search result. My point was that an image search can lead to useful information.

http://www.longbow-archers.com/arrowheads.html

http://www.evado.co.uk/Hector%20Cole/PDFs/MedievalArrowheads.pdf

http://www.boogwereld.nl/wp-content/uploads/2...arrows.pdf

https://sussexpast.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/Medieval-Arrowheads.pdf

I'm not sure how hard it is to sift through some search results but it seems to me (and in my own studies of any subject matter) I don't stop after the first few dead ends I might encounter.

http://myArmoury.com/talk/viewtopic.php?p=300608

Seems to me there are quite a few archery threads here alone.

Cheers

GC
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Mark Griffin




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PostPosted: Sat 12 Nov, 2016 6:44 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/00...ode=ymed20

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The typeology for arrow heads in the UK stems from the original London Museum catalogue produced in the early 20th cent. This is now the Museum of London and is still the main typeology that's in common useage. There are a few new variants and sub variants that only appear in supplementary finds reports from across the UK but on the whole its pretty complete.

So if you go to an arrow supplier and as for a type 8, 11, 16 or whatever that's the guide they will undoubtedly use.

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PostPosted: Sat 12 Nov, 2016 3:10 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Mark Griffin wrote:
http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/00...ode=ymed20


Note that the first 50 years of Medieval Archaeology have been made freely available online: http://archaeologydataservice.ac.uk/archives/.../index.cfm

The volume with the arrowhead typology paper is http://archaeologydataservice.ac.uk/archives/...cfm?vol=40

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Matt J




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PostPosted: Mon 14 Nov, 2016 6:37 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Thank you guys. I appreciate the help.

Glen, I did find your first link, but it did not match everything else I found so I wasn't sure if I could rely on it. I also searched this forum with that exact same thread title and got no helpful results. It was a some threads I've already seen and many others with titles that made me feel like it was unlikely they'd have discussed much about arrows or arrowheads.

I'm checking out each of these links and I've found what I was looking for, thanks again.
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