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Title: Hypereutectoid steel in early medieval sword production in Europe

Creator:

Kucypera, Paweł ; Hošek, Jiří

Date issued/created:

2014

Resource type:

Text

Subtitle:

Fasciculi Archaeologiae Historicae. Fasc. 27 (2014)

Publisher:

Institute of Archaeology and Ethnology of Polish Academy of Sciences ; Polish Academy of Sciences. Łódź Branch

Place of publishing:

Łódź

Description:

ill. ; 29 cm

Type of object:

Book/Chapter

Abstract:

Hypereutectoid steel is viewed as a material of exceeding quality for the manufacture of swords, providing keen edges and strong bodies to their blades. A significant group of weapons, where such material was used, comprises some swords from the “Ulfberht” family. It is suggested that these specimens were made using crucible steel, a high-carbon material produced in the territories of Central Asia and India. The article presents in short other examples of European swords, where hypereutectoid steel was identified, and discusses different methods for its production known at the time, possibilities in discerning between them, problems with working with such a material, as well as the resulting limitations and shortcomings. The issues are considered from the archaeometallurgical point of view, with archaeological data, material analyzes and experimental studies serving as the background

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Relation:

Fasciculi Archaeologiae Historicae

Volume:

27

Start page:

31

End page:

39

Detailed Resource Type:

Article

Format:

application/pdf

Resource Identifier:

oai:rcin.org.pl:54815 ; 0860-0007

Source:

IAiE PAN, call no. P III 368 ; IAiE PAN, call no. P III 348 ; IAiE PAN, call no. P III 349 ; click here to follow the link

Language:

eng

Language of abstract:

pol

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Rights Reserved - Free Access

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Digitizing institution:

Institute of Archaeology and Ethnology of the Polish Academy of Sciences

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Library of the Institute of Archaeology and Ethnology of the Polish Academy of Sciences

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