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RARE SET OF 3 INTACT IRON ARMOR-PIERCING PROJECTILE POINT ARROWHEADS FROM THE EURASIAN STEPPE NOMAD TRIBES

Central Asia

8th Cent. B.C. - 13th Cent. A.D.

It's comical how some dealers claim a whole host of iron arrowheads they offer come from specific famous battles when in truth, they are all dug from the same region in eastern Europe.  Na´vetÚ falls prey to such ridiculous claims as the seller has absolutely no way of knowing what they claim.  This RARE offer we make here comes directly from a small collection we acquired from a recent museum deaccession of a limited number of weapons and artifacts from the ancient Eurasian Steppe nomadic tribes of Central Asia.  These pieces are GUARANTEED AUTHENTIC AND TO BE FROM THIS CULTURE AND REGION.  They compare identically to published excavated specimens shown in the reference texts at the end of this page. 

This is a fantastic and extremely well-preserved set of 3 iron projectile point arrowheads formerly collection in Central Asia and attributed to the mounted archers of the Eurasian Steppe nomadic tribes.  The tangs are intact and the narrow yet, robust pyramidal design made them effective in piercing enemy armor, both leather and metal.  Some points and tangs are bent attesting to their authentic, actual use and having hit a hard target.  We have a very limited number of these and it is likely once they are all sold, we will not get any moreNO REPAIR AND NO RESTORATION.  Very highly recommended for any ancient militaria collection!

Weapons and artifacts  are RARE from this often overlooked but extremely important epoch and cultural region of our history. 

WARNING:  There is an ALARMING number of fake ancient artifacts on the market.  As fine quality intact, original specimens become more scarce and techniques have become more sophisticated to fake these artifacts.  We have personally handled numerous extremely well-done fakes with convincing patinas that could fool most people.  The degree to which the fakers have been able to replicate patina to disguise their work requires an expert examination by highly experienced individuals.  Like all rare collectibles, fakes plague the market. 

Paleo Direct subjects every piece we offer to a full analysis, cleaning and conservation process in our on-site lab.  How many dealers do this or have any experience in operating their own lab?  The procedures we put each piece through are the same as we do for those specimens destined for museums and the same procedures as the best museums perform on their own collections.  Deal only with sources that are extremely knowledgeable in forgeries or altered pieces and get a written guarantee of authenticity that has no conditions or expiration period.  Paleo Direct includes this guarantee in writing with every item we sell.  All purchases should include from the dealer a written guarantee of authenticity with unconditional and lifetime return policies regarding such guarantee.


The "steppe" as we discuss it here, is a region centered in Eurasia and includes a vast land along the borders of China, includes all of Central Asia, the Ukraine and the Black Sea region north of Afghanistan.  Ancient trade routes of the Eurasian Steppe created constant interaction between Europe, the Middle East, Central Asia and East Asia with the most famous trade route being the Silk Road. 

The history and accomplishments of the ancient tribes of the Eurasian Steppe are too vast to properly address here.  Their residual influence on history nearly spans the globe.  Multiple cultures arose from this region and lifestyle with roots back to the Bronze Age in the second millennium B.C..  Some were more sedentary than others but first writings record the Scythians being in existence in the 8th century B.C. during the Early Iron Age.  The cultures that arose from this region were mostly horse-riding pastoralists and the horse, as well as expert horsemanship, was vital to their existence.

The ancient nomadic tribes of the Eurasian Steppe consist of three main groups - TURKIC, MONGOLIAN and IRANIAN.  The Turkic group was most widely dispersed and to this day, Turkic peoples are considered the most widely dispersed ethnicity in the world!  Turkic empires that arose include the most famous Huns but also the Kangali, Seljuks, Kipchaks (Cumans), Uigurs, Kazakhs, Uzbeks.  The Mongols are the most famous of the Mongolian group but also included are the Merkits, Naimans and Tatars.  The Iranian group includes two sub-groups, the Scythians and Sarmatians, with smaller sub-tribes included within these two. 

The very nature of their nomadic lifestyle made them strong and they evolved into skilled warriors due to raiding other more sedentary societies in order to survive.  Western Europe nearly fell to tribes such as the Mongols and Huns and the eastern Byzantine Roman Empire DID finally succumb to the invasion and occupation to this day, of Turkic peoples originally from the Eurasian Steppe.  Their way of fighting and way of life was a perfect marriage of Man and beast.  As a completely interwoven existence on the back of a horse, their effectiveness in battle was attributed to perfected techniques in mounted archery, horsemanship and mobility.  The nomad warriors of the Eurasia Steppe revolutionized many western military strategies but not before they fell victim to numerous defeats at the hand of Eurasian Steppe mercenaries or later, as entire armies.  Their skill as mounted warriors and specifically, their ability to control their horses without reins is legendary even in ancient times.  Mounted archery was never executed better by any human culture or region in the world than that of the mounted archers of the Eurasian Steppe nomads.

RARE!  THE PRIMARY WEAPON OF THE EURASIAN STEPPE MOUNTED ARCHERS - A CORRECTLY / HISTORICALLY ATTRIBUTED ARTIFACT

2.5" to 1.75" in lengths

SOLD     NE041     INCLUDES DISPLAY BOX     Actual Item - One Only

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References:

- Amitai, Reuven; Biran, Michal (editors). Mongols, Turks, and others: Eurasian nomads and the sedentary world (Brill's Inner Asian Library, 11). Leiden: Brill, 2005 (ISBN 90-04-14096-4).

- Davis-Kimball, J., V. S. Bashilov, et al., eds.. Nomads of the Eurasian Steppes in the Early Iron Age. Berkeley: The Center for the Study Eurasian Nomads, Kazakh / American Research Project, Inc. Zinat Press, 1995 (ISBN 188579-00-2).

- Drews, Robert. Early riders: The beginnings of mounted warfare in Asia and Europe. N.Y.: Routledge, 2004 (ISBN 0-415-32624-9).

- Golden, Peter B. Nomads and their neighbours in the Russian Steppe: Turks, Khazars and Qipchaqs (Variorum Collected Studies). Aldershot: Ashgate, 2003 (ISBN 0-86078-885-7).

- Hildinger, Erik. Warriors of the steppe: A military history of Central Asia, 500 B.C. to A.D. 1700. New York: Sarpedon Publishers, 1997 (hardcover, ISBN 1-885119-43-7); Cambridge, MA: Da Capo Press, 2001(paperback, ISBN 0-306-81065-4).
 

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