Thursday, July 16, 2009

Dacian Shields

Our knowledge of what equipment the Dacians and their allies used comes primarily from the sculpture on Trajan’s Column in Rome. The true accuracy of these sculptures is open to question. It is assumed that Dacian warrior was armed similarly to the celt. He carried a (probably flat) wooden shield 4 to 5 feet tall. It was usually oval in shape, based on the celtic design. It was covered in leather (to protect the wood from warping). Riveted to the center of the shield face there appeared an iron or bronze umbo. This protected the shield hand. This metal boss could also be used offensively when punched. The Dacian shield graphics appearing on Trajan’s Column to have a vine and floral theme.

Related Reference
Check out the journal, Acta Terrae Septemcastrensis. Often discussing Dacian finds, this Romanian publication includes many English language articles. Free PDFs are on their website!

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