Session1041
TitleSharp Thinking: New Research on Early Medieval Swords
Date/TimeWednesday 5 July 2017: 09.00-10.30
 
SponsorRijksmuseum van Oudheden, Leiden
 
OrganiserAnnemarieke Willemsen, Rijksmuseum van Oudheden, Leiden
 
Moderator/ChairNelleke IJssennagger, Faculteit der Letteren, Rijksuniversiteit Groningen / Archaeological & Medieval Collections, Frisian Museum, Leeuwarden
 
Paper 1041-a Lost on Purpose?: Carolingian Swords from European Rivers
(Language: English)
Dušan Maczek, Faculteit Archeologie, Universiteit Leiden
Index Terms: Archaeology - Artefacts; Archaeology - General; Art History - Decorative Arts; Military History
Paper 1041-b A Hack-Sword?: The Golden Hilt in the Bedale Hoard
(Language: English)
Sue Brunning, British Museum, London
Index Terms: Archaeology - Artefacts; Archaeology - General; Art History - Decorative Arts; Military History
Paper 1041-c Mixed Emotions: The Swords from Carolingian Dorestad
(Language: English)
Annemarieke Willemsen, Rijksmuseum van Oudheden, Leiden
Index Terms: Archaeology - Artefacts; Art History - Decorative Arts; Daily Life; Military History
Paper 1041-d Symbols Losing Meaning?: On the Decline of the Pattern-Welded Sword
(Language: English)
Ulrich Lehmann, Landschaftsverband Westfalen-Lippe (LWL) - Archäologie für Westfalen, Münster
Index Terms: Archaeology - Artefacts; Archaeology - General; Art History - Decorative Arts; Military History
 
AbstractBroadswords, with their often lavishly decorated hilts, are among the best known and most admired objects of the Early medieval period (500-1000 AD). Perceived as warrior attributes and known mostly as princely grave goods, they have become strong symbols of martiality and kingship. New finds like the many demolished sword parts in the Staffordshire Hoard, together with fresh assessment of the many sword finds from settlements and river contexts, are changing our views of this highly individual weapon and its various and often complex meanings in the Early Middle Ages.