(Artikelnr: 9780714123233 )

British Iron Age Swords and Scabbards 

Stead, I.M. 

Hard cover. 290 pp. Richly illustrated in b/w. British Museum Press  2006. 

British Iron Age swords and scabbards are here catalogued in detail for the first time. They are grouped on the basis of typologies of components and are discussed with special reference to their decoration, context and chronology. Artefact studieshave been neglected for many years, and this subject was last tackled in a paper published in 1950. Since then, the material available for study has tripled, from 93 to 274 items, and new archaeological discoveries include several elaborately decorated scabbards. Illustrations include 71 full pages of line drawings, while additional contributions examine the technology of some of the swords and provide a discussion of their enamelled decoration.

Contents: Introduction; Typology and terminology; 
Group A: Swords of medium length and scabbards with open chape ends;
Group B: Swords of medium length and scabbards with closed chape ends;
Group C: Long swords and scabbards with campanulate mouths;
Group D: Long swords and scabbards with straight mouths;
Group E: Earlier swords and scabbards in the north;
Group F: Later swords and scabbards in the north;
Group G: Short swords in the south and the north;
Group H: Swords and scabbards of mixed traditions;
Discussion;
Appendices; The technology of some of the swords; Weapons and fittings with enamelled decoration; The Isleworth sword: a note on the brass foils; A technical report on the Orton Meadows scabbard; The scientific examination of the Asby Scar sword and scabbard.
Tables of measurements
Catalogue, Bibliography,
General index,
Topographical index. 

Contributions of:
J. Lang, C.R. Cartwright, M.R. Cowell, P.T. Craddock, S. Dove, M. Hockey, D.R. Hook, V. igby, R.J. Stacey, C.P. Stapleton. 
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