BYZANTINE IRON ARROWHEAD 102 mm

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  • Item Category: Antiquities
  • Source: eBay
  • Sold Date: Jul 27, 2011
  • Channel: Auction House
PERIOD: DARK AGE / MEDIEVAL CULTURE: BYZANTINE FIND LOCATION: CENTRAL / EASTERN EUROPE CIRCA: 400 / 1400 TOTAL LENGTH 102 mm HEAD 75 x 23 mm TANG 95 % Complete WEIGHT 191 grains CONDITION Cleaned and Conserved GOOD

This arrowhead was found in Central / Eastern Europe and is in Good Cleaned and Conserved (w/Smart Coat) CONDITION. The only minor issue with this arrowhead stopping it from being graded Higher is the very tip of tang is missing. An example of this arrowhead can be found at The World Museum of Man website /byzromarr.php . It has no repair of any kind I can see or find. All our items come with a 100% guarantee of Authenticity and personally inspected.

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THE COLLECTING OF ANCIENT ARROWHEADS & SPEARHEADS

Hold History In Your Hands
By Ed Lee

After more than 40 years in the business of

First of all, I am focusing on iron weapons because they are more affordable in general than Bronze-Age weapons and because it eliminates the problems associated with bogus bronze patina and sand cast fakes that plague ancient bronze artifacts and weapons. I don't know of even one dealer who hasn't gotten stung with bad ancient bronze items. In fact, it's so bad that we have to first examine every item with a 10 x glass and then test the bronze with heat and/or solvents.

Therefore, ancient iron weapons are a great place to start collecting and to learn as you go along. There is little capital risk, especially if you buy from dealers who get their weapons directly from reliable sources in Europe, which is the case with my firm.

1) There is ongoing disagreement amongst dealers, collectors & even experts as to the Provence (where it was found) and era (age) of these fascinating artifacts because they were not dug by archeologists who carefully uncover a site. Then they use radioactive carbon dating to test the organic remains found at the various historical level they peel back as they dig deeper. Their assumption is that if the organic remains found at a certain level date at circa 50 BC or 1450 AD the iron, pottery and other non-organic remains are also circa 50 BC or 1450 AD. This is scientific, accurate and very expensive work.

2) Therefore you often see these arrow/spearheads described as Roman, which actually means Roman era, as they could have been used by the Romans, their allies or even their enemies. This is a substantial period of time ranging from BC to 476 AD for the Western Roman Empire...the Eastern Roman Empire lasted far longer. Ancient Rome also covered a wide swath of the known world ranging from England to the Middle East and even parts of Africa.

However, it seems that most of the ancient iron arrow/spearheads are coming from Eastern Europe and from metal detector finds in most of the countri...

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