The Shield Boss of Dobrodzień Type of the Great Migration Period: Distribution, Origin and Dating Cover Image
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Умбоны типа Добродзень эпохи переселения народов: распространение, происхождение и датировка
The Shield Boss of Dobrodzień Type of the Great Migration Period: Distribution, Origin and Dating

Author(s): Michel Kazanski
Subject(s): History, Archaeology, Military history, Ancient World
Published by: Издательский дом Stratum, Университет «Высшая антропологическая школа»
Keywords: Central Europe; Middle Danube; the Great Migration Period; shield boss; military burials; Stilicho;

Summary/Abstract: Shield bosses of Dobrodzień type are well known in Barbaricum, from the Danube to the eastern shore of the Black Sea. Most of these finds are from the barbaric sites of Central Europe, which are related to the Germans of the late Roman period and the beginning of the Great Migration period. Majority of Dobrodzien type shield bosses, regardless of the region they are found, come from “military” burials containing other weapons, in particular swords and spurs, both traditionally considered to be a sign of some military prestige. The time of their distribution corresponds to the initial phase of the Great Migration period, approximately 370—430. Even though all known shield boss of Dobrodzień type originate from a barbarian, primarily Germanic context, it is assumed that this type of weapon was of Roman origin, possibly representing production of Roman workshops on the Middle Danube.

  • Issue Year: 2019
  • Issue No: 4
  • Page Range: 155-167
  • Page Count: 13
  • Language: Russian