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Kai Lawson




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PostPosted: Thu 12 Nov, 2020 9:12 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

While I'm not counting out the option for it to be actually medieval, if the boots are indeed leather, the sword, tall boots and rowel spurs make me thing 16th-17th century, not medieval. Still a really cool find though!
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Paul Hansen




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PostPosted: Thu 12 Nov, 2020 9:31 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Craig Johnson wrote:
Very nice bronze age sword find. Pretty incredible patina on the hilt. These swords are interesting and I am not sure I agree that a few bubbles in the casting dictate it was ceremonial.


Really nice indeed! And I fully agree with you, making a casting without bubbles is pretty hard. Here at least the surface seems smooth. How many cavities one needs to render a sword unusable, no idea, but I'd guess that then they would show up at the surface as well.

But for some reason some archeologists stick to a "bronze swords are not weapons" theory which, I think, is absolute bollocks...
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PostPosted: Thu 12 Nov, 2020 1:52 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Paul Hansen wrote:
Craig Johnson wrote:
Very nice bronze age sword find. Pretty incredible patina on the hilt. These swords are interesting and I am not sure I agree that a few bubbles in the casting dictate it was ceremonial.


Really nice indeed! And I fully agree with you, making a casting without bubbles is pretty hard. Here at least the surface seems smooth. How many cavities one needs to render a sword unusable, no idea, but I'd guess that then they would show up at the surface as well.

But for some reason some archeologists stick to a "bronze swords are not weapons" theory which, I think, is absolute bollocks...


I totally agree Paul, these were definitely weapons of status, but weapons.
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Anthony Clipsom




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PostPosted: Fri 13 Nov, 2020 4:11 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Kai Lawson wrote:
While I'm not counting out the option for it to be actually medieval, if the boots are indeed leather, the sword, tall boots and rowel spurs make me thing 16th-17th century, not medieval. Still a really cool find though!


The article does say 16th century, which may be considered the late Middle Ages in that part of Lithuania.

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