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Title: Unlocking bronze age combat sword experiments and wear analysis
Author: Hermann, Raphael
ISNI:       0000 0004 7972 0640
Awarding Body: University of Newcastle upon Tyne
Current Institution: University of Newcastle upon Tyne
Date of Award: 2018
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Following the ever-increasing interest in prehistoric violence and warfare, my research aims to reconstruct the sword fighting styles of the Middle and Late Bronze Age in Europe (c. 1650-600 BC), with a particular focus on Britain and Italy. The fighting styles are investigated through an innovative combination of combat experiments, partially based on historical sources, and metalwork wear analysis of archaeological swords from both countries. For the experiments, a new methodology had to be developed, allowing me to record and link the marks created through specific actions during live combat. The experiments were successfully carried out over a number of field days, and a reference database of wear marks was created. As for the wear analysis, existing methodologies were developed further, and analysis was carried out on a total of I 10 swords from various British and Italian museums. Over 2300 combat-related w'ear marks could be identified, and the most detailed list of Bronze Age wear marks to date was created. Comparing the experimental and archaeological marks has enabled me to propose original observations regarding fighting practices and swordsmanship in Middle and Late Bronze Age Europe.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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