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Analysis of English Viking graves shows half of Viking “warriors” were women

Posted by on Sep 3, 2014 in Forensic Analysis, History | 0 comments

via USAToday  “So much for Hagar the Horrible, with his stay-at-home wife, Helga. Viking women may have equaled men moving to...

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Islamic swords from the 14th century on (Islamic swords Part 2)

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Islamic swords from the 14th century on (Islamic swords Part 2)

Posted by on Aug 19, 2014 in Culture, Featured, History | 0 comments

As I mentioned in my previous article, there are few good resources on Islamic swords for the general reader. Today I’m going to...

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A look at early Medieval Islamic swords

Early period sword

A look at early Medieval Islamic swords

Posted by on Aug 13, 2014 in Culture, Featured, History | 0 comments

Today we’re going to start and exploration of a topic that sees little light;  Medieval Islamic swords.  With the exception of a...

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Back on the job…

Posted by on Aug 8, 2014 in Admin | 0 comments

After being offline for most of the last few weeks due to medical issues and vacation, we’ll be back with regular postings starting...

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Collected Japanese sword-related sayings from Markus Sesko

Posted by on Jul 19, 2014 in Culture | 0 comments

Markus Sesko is a well known specialist translator of Japanese texts, author, blogger and nihonto expert. He’s just posted the...

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Analysis of a 15th century Ottoman raid on the Croatian border

Ottoman manuscript

Analysis of a 15th century Ottoman raid on the Croatian border

Posted by on Jul 15, 2014 in Featured, Forensic Analysis, History | 0 comments

Trigger warning: This post reviews forensic research on the skeletal remains from a small town in what is now Croatia.  As part of this...

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In the News UK: Unlucky Viking sword could be yours for £120,000

Posted by on Jul 12, 2014 in In the News | 0 comments

Dateline UK via Daily Mail Online “Is this England’s unluckiest sword? Viking broadsword was on the losing side of four of...

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Background and metallurgical analysis of a ducal Renaissance blade from Racibórz

Jan Van Boendale (c.1280-1351)

Background and metallurgical analysis of a ducal Renaissance blade from Racibórz

Posted by on Jul 9, 2014 in Featured, Weapon Analysis, Weapons | 0 comments

In 1996, during an archeological dig in a form nunnery church in Racibórz, Poland, a broken iron sword was discovered in one grave.  This...

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Video workshops on the training and use of spear-like polearms

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Video workshops on the training and use of spear-like polearms

Posted by on Jul 7, 2014 in Featured, Videos, Weapons | 0 comments

Harking back to my article on the development and use of a spear as a cutting as well as thrusting  weapon, here are videos of two...

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New history of tameshigiri by Markus Sesko now available!

Posted by on Jul 6, 2014 in Culture, History | 0 comments

Markus Sesko is a well-known specialist author and translator of Japanese texts, with a personal focus on nihonto (Japanese swords) and...

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