MAIASK. 2016. No. 8

G. V. Baranov (Moscow, Russia)

Finds of early medieval sabers of Bulgarian type

in the upper and middle Dniester basin

(on the issue of Byzantine military tradition in Eastern Europe)

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Pages: 76-92

Article examines the sabers and cross-guard of the so-called Bulgarian type found in recent years in the basin of the upper and middle Dniester basin. This question is very relevant. In fact, until recently, their discovery occurred mainly from the territory of Bulgaria. However, I believe that these sabers clearly Byzantine origin. The fact that the morphology of their crosshairs, manufacturability and ease of objects allow us to conclude about their weight, and standardized production. These sabers were made public workshops. I believe that the so-called sabers Bulgarian type should be considered as examples of long-bladed weapon type known as Paramirion.


Key words: medieval arms, saber, Byzantine empire, Byzantine arms, archaeology of Ukraine, medieval Bulgaria.


Received November 1, 2016
Accepted for publication November 11, 2016


About the author:

Baranov Gennady Valeryevich (Moscow, Russia). member of the Problem Council of Military archeology at the Institute of Archaeology of the Russian Academy of Sciences.