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Вооружение и конское снаряжение славян V—VII вв.
Slavic Weapons and Harness of the 5th—7th centuries

Author(s): Michel Kazanski
Subject(s): History, Archaeology, Military history, Ancient World, Middle Ages, 6th to 12th Centuries
Published by: Издательский дом Stratum, Университет «Высшая антропологическая школа»
Keywords: Slavs; Prague culture; Penkovka culture; Kolochin culture; 5th—7th centuries; weapons; horse rider's equipment; harness

Summary/Abstract: The article is devoted to Slavic weapons, gear rider and horse equipment in 5th—7th centuries (Prague, Penkovka and Kolochin cultures). These are spears and javelins, swords and daggers, axes, arrows, quiver and bow details, fragments of armor, spurs, bits etc. According to Byzantine authors and archaeological data, there are two phases of Slavic armament in the 6th—7th centuries:1) before 580s. — the bulk of the Slavic troops of light infantry, armed with spears, bows and arrows and shields, using mostly “guerrilla” warfare techniques;2) 580s—670s. — the troops with heavy defensive armament appear. This weapon requires certain skills which can only be trained in a professional environment.

  • Issue Year: 2015
  • Issue No: 5
  • Page Range: 43-95
  • Page Count: 53
  • Language: Russian