Excavations at Helgö XV. LENA THÅLIN BERGMAN och BIRGIT. Weapon. Helgö and the Swedish Hinterland. 131 p., ill.
The weapons of iron found in the settlements at Helgö is the starting point for this treatise. These weapons, mainly consisting of parts of swords and spearheads, were found in building group 2 and could be characterized as high status weapons. Roman gold and the development of the early germanic kingdoms An important part of the treatise has been to define the technical components and levels in weapon manufacturing in the early Medieval period. A comparative material of swords and spearheads found in Svealand but also Gotland, Öland, Östergötland and Scania was chosen for further investigations. Around 500 weapons were irradiated to examine the different technical elements and iron qualities.
Contents: Editor`s foreword Preface by Lena Thälin Bergman The State of the Art, Introduction by Birgit Arrhenius
CHAPTER 1. WEAPONS IN HELGÖ
Weaponfinds in the Workshops of Helgö The Helgö iron Workshop 1.3. Theindigenousbackground
CHAPTER 2. EXAMINATIONAND RECORDING OF WEAPONS
Recording, vs. cataloguing or typological measuring. The recording of double-edged swords The recording of spearheads
CHAPTER 3. STRUCTURAL AND CHEMICAL INVESTIGATIONS OF WEAPONS
Iron production Investigations of iron quality Examining methods
CHAPTER 4. TECHNICAL LEVELS WITHIN WEAPON-SMITHING
Technical background Headlines in the sword welding technique Inlaid Symbols and inscription swords Smithing technique in spearheads
CHAPTER 5. IRRADIATION OF SWORDS
Swords fromBirka Swords from N. Svealand and Northern Sweden Swords from Gotland Swords with pattern welding and inscriptions
CHAPTER 6. IRRADIATION OF SPEARHEADS
Irradiated spearheads inBirka Irradiation of spearheads from Svealand and Gotland
CHAPTER 7. SPECTROANALYSES OF WEAPONS AND OTHER OBJECTS
General discussion Comments on the general analyses 7.3 Trace elements in some of the weapons that were examined metallographically
CHAPTER 8. METALLOGRAPHICAL EXAMINATIONS
Background Metallographic reports of the Helgö Weapon Project Metallographical studies of Special object groups Metallographical examinations of swords Metallographical examinations of spearheads
CHAPTER 9. SUMMARY AND CONCLUDING REMARKS
Introduction Description of weapons of iron Regards that have to be taken when examining ancient material. Irradiated swords Irradiated spearheads Spectroanalyses of weapons and other objects Metallographic examinations Conclusions Appendix Bibliography List of abbreviations.