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MEDIEVAL RIDING GEAR AND WEAPONS FROM THE BILOGORA AREA

MEDIEVAL RIDING GEAR AND WEAPONS FROM THE BILOGORA AREA

Jakovljević, Goran

Opvscvla Archaeologica Papers of the Department of Archaeology, Vol.32 No.1 May 2009. pp.101- 132

Abstract

Riding gear (gear for horses and riders, including weapons) as an archaeological material is very important not only for the determination of a chronology for the existence of individual medieval fortifi ed settlements, but also for the entire cultural designation of a given region. Although most medieval sites in Croatia have not been researched, items of this type from the collections of the museums in Bjelovar and Koprivnica indicate the possibility of their dating to the fourteenth and fi fteenth centuries and the cultural infl uences which were engendered by the intermingling of European and Oriental traditions, which had their wellspring in Kievan Rus’. An analysis of maces, clubs, crossbow arrows, spurs, stirrups and horseshoes and their dating can also be used to supplement or correct data from the historical sources.

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