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This is a research project, dedicated to the study of early weaponry and armour from sites of modern-day Eastern Macedonia and coastal Thrace. Its purpose is to serve as a case study for the development of martial technology beyond the ‘core’ ancient Greek world – and to move a step beyond that, by exploring the social importance and function of weaponry within the context of the new Greek poleis which were founded in the region during the early Archaic period.

Follow the project’s Blog for regular progress reports, including discussion of the research topics, background information on the region, accounts of research trips, pre-publication sneak-peeks of our material and more!

Warriors on the Periphery is a project hosted by the Centre de Recherches en Archéologie et Patrimoine of the Université libre de Bruxelles. Funding is kindly provided by the Philippe Wiener – Maurice Anspach Foundation


Early Weapons: Spears, Swords and Pocket-knives (Part 1)

In previous posts, we established the basic geographical and historical context of our study; it is now time to discuss the actual archaeological evidence. We will begin with the earliest, pre-apoikism periods, and have a closer look at what types of weaponry have been brought to light. The blades of Kastri Thasos, and specifically the …