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Ceremonial or deadly serious ? New insight into the function of Irish Early Bronze Age halberds

2011

Abstract

The articles in this volume cover aspects relating to archaeometallurgy, functional analyses, experimental work and archaeology and focus on multidisciplinary approaches for studying archaeological artefacts. Contents: 1) Introduction (Marianne Modlinger, Marion Uckelmann and Steven Matthews); 2) Spearheads and swords – The making of bronze objects (Markus Binggeli); 3) Use-wear on Bronze Age halberds: The case of Iberia (Dirk Brandherm); 4) Ceremonial or deadly serious? New insight into the function of Irish Early Bronze Age halberds (Ronan O’Flaherty, Michael D. Gilchrist and Trevor Cowie); 5) Deliberate destruction of halberds (Christian Horn); 6) Use-wear analysis and use-patterns of Bronze Age swords (Barry Molloy); 7) Chelsea and Ballintober swords: Typology, chronology and use (Steven Matthews); 8) Irish swords: Use and abuse (Ian Colquhoun); 9) Integrating form, function and technology in ancient swords. The concept of quality (Marc Gener); 10) Slash and stab: Some remarks on the manufacture, function and deposition of carp’s-tongue swords (summary) (Dirk Brandherm and Magdalena Moskal-del Hoyo); 11) The discovery of a new Tachlovice sword at Pont-sur-Seine, Aube, France (Sylvie Boulud-Gazo); 12) Ritual object or powerful weapon – The usage of Central Europe Bronze Age swords (Marianne Modlinger); 13) Neutron resonance capture analysis and the Bronze Age (Hans Postma, Peter Schillebeeckx and Marianne Modlinger); 14) The Sintashta bow of the Bronze Age of the South Trans-Urals, Russia (Andrey Bersenev, Andrey Epimakhov and Dmitry Zdanovich); 15) The function of Bronze Age shields (Marion Uckelmann); 16) Metallurgical and archaeological investigations on the Macedonian shields of Staro Bonče (3rd century BC) (Paolo Piccardo and Dusko Temelkoski). A further 12 abstracts are also included in the book.

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