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Status and Violence: Swords and Scabbards

Peter S. Wells

in How Ancient Europeans Saw the World: Vision, Patterns, and the Shaping of the Mind in Prehistoric Times

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
October 2017
ISBN:
9780691143385
eISBN:
9781400844777
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691143385.003.0007
Subject:
Archaeology, Historical Archaeology

This chapter focuses on sword and scabbards. Swords were important visual objects, larger than most other objects in Bronze and Iron Age Europe, and their shape made them visually striking. Two parts ... More


Defining issues

D. W. Harding

in Title Pages

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
November 2020
ISBN:
9780199687565
eISBN:
9780191918384
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780199687565.003.0006
Subject:
Archaeology, Mortuary Archaeology

The universality of human mortality is the commonest of truisms, but the prospect of mortality evidently has weighed differently on different societies over the course of human history, from the ... More


Focal and signal burials

D. W. Harding

in Death and Burial in Iron Age Britain

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
November 2020
ISBN:
9780199687565
eISBN:
9780191918384
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780199687565.003.0010
Subject:
Archaeology, Mortuary Archaeology

The term ‘focal’ burial refers to burials that appear from spatial distribution within a cemetery to have acted as a focus for subsequent burials. They may be distinguished by their larger size or ... More


Social and ritual violence and death

D. W. Harding

in Death and Burial in Iron Age Britain

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
November 2020
ISBN:
9780199687565
eISBN:
9780191918384
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780199687565.003.0012
Subject:
Archaeology, Mortuary Archaeology

In recent years the issue of violence in Iron Age society has become polarized between those who believe that it was endemic and those who believe that it has been exaggerated, particularly by ... More


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