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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP19 Jan 2019 4:24 p.m. PST

… Archaeology with a Viking Age Round Shield Reconstruction

"This article is a write-up of experimental trials with a Viking Age round shield reconstruction. The experiment attempted to determine what body techniques Viking Age round shields are inclined to facilitate and which they restrict or otherwise discourage. More specifically, the aim was to critically assess body techniques in terms of deflection and to obtain empirical data outlining the effects associated with an aggressive as well as relatively passive use of the shield. The terms "aggressive" and "passive" are used here to describe the extent to which the shield is actively thrusted forward to meet the attackers blow. The video material from the trials have been made available on Combat Archaeology's Youtube Channel…."
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