The Monte Sa Idda type swords belong to a well characterized typological class, whose origin has long been debated and seems to coincide with the Iberian Peninsula. The name comes from the site of the first discovery of a hoard containing this type of swords, among other bronze artefacts, namely Monte Sa Idda, Decimoputzu-Cagliari, Italy. The swords were produced through fusion inside a casting mould. Such kind of casting mould has not been found in Sardinia, and this may suggests that finished objects were either imported or made using clay or sand casting mould. Moreover, the discovery of these types of sword, in hoards and in votive deposits, raises the problem of their functional use. It is unknown if the blades were intended to be used as weapons, and therefore subjected to cold working necessary for thinning and sharpening of the blade, or as ceremonial objects. In order to answer to these questions, a neutron diffraction experiment was performed on three swords belonging to the Monte Sa Idda type. The results obtained are presented and discussed in the paper.
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|Titolo:||Non-destructive compositional and microstructural characterization of Sardinian Bronze Age swords through Neutron Diffraction|
BRUNETTI, Antonio (Corresponding)
DEPALMAS, Anna (Corresponding)
|Data di pubblicazione:||2018|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||1.1 Articolo in rivista|