Technology of Sword Blades from the La Tène Period to the Early Modern Age by Grzegorz Żabiński and Janusz Stępiński with Marcin Biborski published at Archaeopress

April 11, 2016

Our alumnus, Grzegorz Żabiński has his book, Technology of Sword Blades from the La Tène Period to the Early Modern Age, with the contributions of Janusz Stępiński andMarcin Biborski, published at Archaeopress.

This book assesses the results of recent metallographic examination of 45 sword blades (mid-2nd century BC to early-16th century) from the territory of what is now Poland. Pre-Roman blades were usually made from one piece of metal of varying quality (better quality items were perhaps imported). Most high quality and complex technology Roman blades were in all probability of Roman provenance, while some low quality one-piece examples may have been made locally. The Migration Period and Early Middle Ages witnessed the greatest diversification of technological solutions. However it is much more difficult to define the provenance of blades based on their technology in these periods. The range of technologies in use strongly decreased in the High and Late Middle Ages.