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Illerup Ådal

1-2. Die Lanzen und Speere

A part of the series Jysk Arkæologisk Selskabs Skrifter Illerup Ådal (25:1-2) and the subject area


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654 pages ill.
Hardback
ISBN 87 7288 057 0

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One of the greatest accumulated finds of Roman military equipment ever has occurred in Denmark in the Illerup Ådal near the town of Skanderborg. It was in this valley in the second century AD that warriors from Jutland placed as a sacrificial thanks for their victory, the weaponry of their defeated enemies.

Excavations lasting many years resulted in more than 15,000 items being found. Through the systematic analysis, registration and identification of each individual item, it has been possible to track most of the weapons back to the independent Germania or to the Roman Empire. How the weapons found their way to Illerup from those regions remains a mystery. Perhaps they were spoils of war gathered by the Germanic tribes during their border skirmishes along the northern flanks of the Roman Empire? Volumes 1-2, Die Lanzen und Speere, concentrated on lances and javelins.

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