Posted: Mon Oct 31, 2011 8:02 pm
What evidence is there of recurve bows being used in Western Europe in the 9th and 10th century. Ether for sport, hunting or fighting?
All about re-enactors
Neil of Ormsheim wrote:Vikings had trade links to India but they didn't ride into battle on elephants!
Medicus Matt wrote:
If the Vikings didn't have elephants, where did Anglo- Saxon ladies get those nice ivory rings that they used for purse mounts eh?
Medicus Matt wrote:Of course! Good job there's a roman here to teach us these things.
Tiddles wrote:Hinnie Annie is on the case
Optio I would appreciate your opinion to help illuminate this dark age mystery
Optio wrote:if you fancy something just a bit different try a replica of one of the Viking Burial find, like a longbow, but with an odd metal ferrule on the bottom (it strings above this fitting) limb, I believe Richard Head has made one or two, they are comparitivly short draw tho (about 24") and appear to be used using a pinch grip style of hold/release.
I personally would only go down the flashy composite road if I were doing Rus or Magyar with kit to suit, but it'd still most probably get you a 'rooster' tag from others on the shooting line, your choice I suppose
Neil of Ormsheim wrote:Rant done. I will go away and hide now.
Hinny Annie wrote:
The trickier part are the British Isles. Personally, i don't believe that composite bows were ever MADE here, the generally damp climate certainly wouldn't help with curing of the animal based glues. So the answer to the question is Yes they were in the West, if they ended up in this part of the world was until now unknown
Which leads me to the find on Hadrians wall, some months ago a pair of wooden Siyah's were found the, data is still being collected and then the findings will be published I have been promised a copy . I wont know the date of them until the paper is published, but they are definitely not from a Scythian bow, as Siyahs are from later period bows.
Optio wrote:The Sycthian and Hamian archer auxiallarys are well know, and documented, and they for certain used composite recurves, but never served over here
Peter Murphy wrote:The link to Housesteads was due to a gravestone (dated between 125 and 140 AD). It's now in the Hancock museum in Newcastle and shows equipment associated with the Hamian archers including a bow of a recurved composite type.
Horn reinforces for composite reflex bows have been found at Bar Hill (where they were stationed for a while), Corbridge military depot and also, further afield, the 3rd C. workshops at Caerleon. The Bar Hill examples have been dated to mid 2nd C. and are in the Hunterian Museum at the University of Glasgow
A bone archer's ring is in the museum at Chesters fort.
Arrows apparently were being made in large numbers at Housesteads as late as the 4th C. which I know is a little outside of your dateline