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9 Weapons

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At the cemetery of Bodzia, five burials, mainly of elite character, contained weapons; two of them were edged weapons, there were also an axe, a club or mace, and a projectile. A battle knife was found in a burial of a man who died at the maturus age. The sword was discovered in the upper burial of double Grave E864 in which a man who died at the age adultus (20-30 years old) was buried. Grave E63, which contained an axehead, was dug into the southern part of the enclosure around Grave E58 with the so-called langsax. The remains of a wooden club in Grave D149 are unique. An iron arrow- or spearhead was deposited in the upper part of the fill of Grave E67, ca. 0.4-0.5 m above the preserved human bones. The discovered weapons have evident analogies in Scandinavia and/or Rus from the Viking Period.

Keywords: axehead; battle knife; Bodzia cemetery; edged weapons; Grave E63; Grave E864; sword; Viking Period; wooden club



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