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Archaeological evidence verifies long-doubted medieval accounts of First Crusade

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Republication from eurekalert.org

This earpiece, perhaps of Egyptian manufacture, is apparent loot from the First Crusade sack of Jerusalem in July, 1099 (Credit: Virginia Withers)

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University of North Carolina at Charlotte

The University of North Carolina at Charlotte-led archaeological dig on Jerusalem’s Mount Zion has been going on for over a decade, looking at an area where there were no known ruins of major temples, churches or palaces, but nonetheless sacred land where three millennia of struggle and culture has long lain buried, evidence in layer upon layer of significant historical events.

Virtually every dig season, a significant discovery has been made at the site, adding real detail to the records of this globally-renowned city, giving new insights to what has often been imperfectly preserved in ancient histories. This year’s findings are no different, confirming previously unverified details from nearly thousand-year-old historical accounts of the First Crusade – history that had never been confirmed regarding the five-week siege, conquest, sack and massacre of the Fatamid (Muslim)-controlled city in July of 1099.

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Evidence of the Babylonian capture of Jerusalem found in Mount Zion excavation

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One of the Scythian type arrowheads found in the destruction layer from 587/586 BCE. Credit: Mt Zion Archaeological Expedition/Virginia Withers

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Researchers digging at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte’s ongoing archaeological excavation on Mount Zion in Jerusalem have announced a second significant discovery from the 2019 season—clear evidence of the Babylonian conquest of the city from 587/586 BCE.

The discovery is of a deposit including layers of ash, arrowheads dating from the period, as well as Iron Age potsherds, lamps and a significant piece of period jewelry—a gold and silver tassel or earring. There are also signs of a significant Iron Age structure in the associated area, but the building, beneath layers from later periods, has yet to be excavated.

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Norman heavy cavalryman

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The most interesting feature in this image is again the shield design. It is a common pattern in the Norman shields but
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Distinctive Iron Age shield gives insight into prehistoric technology

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Photo credit: University of York

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A unique bark shield, thought to have been constructed with wooden laths during the Iron Age, has provided new insight into the construction and design of prehistoric weaponry.

The only one of its kind ever found in Europe, the shield was found south of Leicester on the Everards Meadows site, in what is believed to have been a livestock watering hole.

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The Growth of the Swedish empire

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This is an interesting map on the Growth of the Swedish empire in 1560-1660. Acquisitions are noted in accordance with the reigns of the respective Swedish kings. Note that in 1560 the Kingdom of Sweden had already
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Πάλα (σπάθη) και Γιαταγάνι: δύο αγχέμαχα όπλα της Ελληνικής Επανάστασης 1821

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Στη σύζυγο μου Νέλλυ, για την έμπνευση και την ενθάρρυνση που μου προσφέρει.

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pala

Η πάλα του Νικηταρά του Τουρκοφάγου. Η οδοντωτή λεπίδα της ήταν ιδιαίτερα φονική και ανήκει σε αραβικό τύπο σπάθης.

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Περικλής  Δεληγιάννης
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Τα παρακάτω αγχέμαχα όπλα χρησιμοποιήθηκαν κατά την Επανάσταση του 1821-1829 τόσο από τους Ελληνες μαχίμους όσο και από τους Αλβανούς, Τούρκους και Αιγύπτιους αντιπάλους τους.
Η «πάλα» ήταν κυρτή σπάθη κεντροασιατικής απώτερης προέλευσης, συχνά με ευρεία λεπίδα. Ο μαχητής την έφερε σε «θηκάρι» (ξιφοθήκη) το οποίο άλλοτε στερεωνόταν στο «σελάχι» του και άλλοτε αναρτάτο στην αριστερή πλευρά του με τελαμώνα, ο οποίος στηριζόταν στον δεξιό ώμο. Κυρίως οι ναυτικοί την αναρτούσαν με τον δεύτερο τρόπο, αλλά τη χρησιμοποιούσαν σπάνια.

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Διάφοροι τύποι γιαταγανιων.  Η κόψη της λεπίδας βρίσκεται στην κοίλη πλευρά, όπως στην περιπτωση της αρχαίας κοπίδος ή φαλκάτας. Το τρίτο από πάνω γιαταγανι της εικόνας ανήκει σε έναν υστερότερο τύπο με σχεδόν ευθεία λεπίδα.

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