Author Topic: Artilce: Armour of the Cataphractarius from the “Roshava Dragana” Burial Mound  (Read 92 times)

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Looking at Academia.edu (as you do) came across this:

https://www.academia.edu/36784279/Armour_of_the_Cataphractarius_from_the_Roshava_Dragana_Burial_Mound

Not read it yet but the title was interesting  8)
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Looks like a real mix of styles, but some serious issues with reconstruction. A quick read through suggests they have lots of fragments but conflicting ideas about where the fragments should be..
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It's nice to see a proper article in English about this find. I'd not seen it called "Roshava Dragana" before, it's more often just "Catalka". I always found the leg-armour reconstruction shown in fig.40 a bit hard to believe! I have wondered whether all the finds were even worn together, or if some of it was simply trophies taken from the Sarmatians.
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It's nice to see a proper article in English about this find. I'd not seen it called "Roshava Dragana" before, it's more often just "Catalka". I always found the leg-armour reconstruction shown in fig.40 a bit hard to believe! I have wondered whether all the finds were even worn together, or if some of it was simply trophies taken from the Sarmatians.

That's a very good point Duncan. The variety and inconclusive analysis of the finds makes it difficult to see how the equipage could be worn by one individual.
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There's a brief summary of the article here which has a colour version of the helmet reconstruction.
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