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Late Byzantine warrior 14th century

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A fine Byzantine hagiography of Saint Mercurios, early 14th century. His arms and armour are typical Byzantine of the Late period (church of Saint Clementios, Ochris).

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The World of the Hittite tablets

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A map depicting the world of the Hittites, that is the names of states, kingdoms, places, cities, peoples, islands, etc, which are noted on the tablets found in the Hittite capital Hattusas (in the center of Asia Minor on the map).

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Chinese officer & soldiers of the Northern & Southern dynasties Period (AD 386–589)

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A representation of a Chinese officer, an infantryman and a cavalryman of the Northern and Southern dynasties Period (AD 386–589) from Liu Yonghua’s excellent book on the warriors of Imperial Eras China (copyright: Liu Yonghua).

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Carnyx, the war trumpet of the Celts

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A fine reenactment of a Gallic warrior blowing a carnyx, the war trumpet of the Celts. The carnyx was a kind of trumpet used in warfare, probably to incite troops to battle and intimidate opponents, as Polybius recounts. Reenactor group uknown. Kudos to them.

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Medieval arrows caused injuries similar to gunshot wounds

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An arrow pierced the top of this man’s right eye and exited through the back of his skull. (University of Exeter)

New research demonstrates the immense power of the medieval English longbow

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Taking an arrow to the head is a decidedly unpleasant way to die. Luckily, most modern humans are more likely to encounter these historical projectiles in a museum than on the battlefield.

A new study led by archaeologists from the University of Exeter clarifies just how destructive the English longbow could be, highlighting surprising similarities between injuries inflicted by the medieval weapon and guns of today.

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