September 15, 2013
THIS IS KIND OF COOL: Researchers Go Into Battle To Test Bronze-Age Weapons. “Researchers are to go into battle using replica Bronze Age weapons to help them understand how people at the time fought. Using imitation swords, axes, spears and shields, researchers at Newcastle University are to recreate Bronze Age combat. The weapons will then be studied using sophisticated use-wear analysis techniques to see how the marks and damage compares with Bronze Age weapons in museum collections.”
I wonder how realistically vigorous the simulated combat will be? Done right, that could be dangerous, though I suppose modern steel chainmail is pretty resistant to bronze edged weapons.