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Continuous gutter-shaped metal edge bindings like those known from Vendel, Välsgarde, and Thorsbjerg were obsolete by the Viking Age. In the vast majority of finds there is no evidence of edge reinforcement, which must therefore have been absent, or of a perishable nature. On the Gokstad shields, small holes are bored about 2 cm in from the edge, at intervals of c.3.5 cm (Fig. 1-a,b), presumably to fasten a rim, all other traces of which have perished.

Continuous gutter-shaped metal edge bindings like those known from Vendel, Välsgarde, and Thorsbjerg were obsolete by the Viking Age. In the vast majority of finds there is no evidence of edge reinforcement, which must therefore have been absent, or of a

The process of attaching the shield rim to the shield edge. By first marking out…

The process of attaching the shield rim to the shield edge. By first marking…

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With the wood being light weight and the handle also being in the center and formed with iron, the shield was easier to wield and use than the shields used .

Reconstruction of an archaeologically recovered early medieval round shield.

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