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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 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.

580 e.kr. Trossinge grav 58 Trossingen Grab 58. Vom Schild ist nur der Körper aus 6 Erlenholzbrettern erhalten. Schildbuckel und Schildgriff sind vergangen. (Archäologisches Landesmuseum Baden-Württemberg. Foto: Manuela Schreiner)

580 e.kr. Trossinge grav 58 Trossingen Grab 58. Vom Schild ist nur der Körper aus 6 Erlenholzbrettern erhalten. Schildbuckel und Schildgriff sind vergangen. (Archäologisches Landesmuseum Baden-Württemberg. Foto: Manuela Schreiner)

Skjoldbuler fra Birka. Jeg tvivler på alle typerne er der, da bogen er fra 40'erne.

Skjoldbuler fra Birka. Jeg tvivler på alle typerne er der, da bogen er fra 40'erne.

Hungarian shields, 16th Century

Hungarian shields, 16th Century

The mountains and plateaus of Tibet are amongst the world’s highest, and yet humans have settled and survived there thanks to an ability to adapt to even the most challenging conditions.

The mountains and plateaus of Tibet are amongst the world’s highest, and yet humans have settled and survived there thanks to an ability to adapt to even the most challenging conditions.

Reconstruction of an archaeologically recovered early medieval round shield.

Reconstruction of an archaeologically recovered early medieval round shield.

References to Painted Shields "Norse-Icelandic literature mentions shield paintings which inspired Bragi, a ninth century Norwegian Poet.  The Story of Thor's fishing expedition is reputed to have been painted on shields and carved in the Halls of Iceland. -  Leather and wood decoration may not be unusual on shields. Painting on the front of the board may well have served the dual function of decoration and identification. However, painting is extremely difficult to prove in the…

References to Painted Shields "Norse-Icelandic literature mentions shield paintings which inspired Bragi, a ninth century Norwegian Poet. The Story of Thor's fishing expedition is reputed to have been painted on shields and carved in the Halls of Iceland. - Leather and wood decoration may not be unusual on shields. Painting on the front of the board may well have served the dual function of decoration and identification. However, painting is extremely difficult to prove in the…

Skjold fra Gokstad.

Skjold fra Gokstad.

irisharchaeology: “ Viking Age shield from Trelleborg, Denmark. Made from pine wood & diameter of c. 80 cm ”

irisharchaeology: “ Viking Age shield from Trelleborg, Denmark. Made from pine wood & diameter of c. 80 cm ”

"A few shields have survived from the Viking age, notably the shields from the Gokstad ship, which date from the 10th century. The ship was equipped with 32 shields, several of which survive intact. They were made from a single layer of planks butted together, with no iron bands, and the fronts were painted black and yellow.   Typical Viking shields were 80-90cm (32-36 inches) in diameter. Some were larger, such as the Gokstad shields, which were 94cm (37in) across."

"A few shields have survived from the Viking age, notably the shields from the Gokstad ship, which date from the 10th century. The ship was equipped with 32 shields, several of which survive intact. They were made from a single layer of planks butted together, with no iron bands, and the fronts were painted black and yellow. Typical Viking shields were 80-90cm (32-36 inches) in diameter. Some were larger, such as the Gokstad shields, which were 94cm (37in) across."

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