SET OF 3 INTACT IRON ARMOR-PIERCING PROJECTILE POINT ARROWHEADS FROM THE
EURASIAN STEPPE NOMAD TRIBES
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 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 more.
NO REPAIR AND NO
Very highly recommended for any ancient militaria collection!
artifacts are RARE
from this often overlooked but extremely important epoch and cultural
region of our history.
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
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.
THE PRIMARY WEAPON OF THE EURASIAN STEPPE MOUNTED ARCHERS - A CORRECTLY
/ HISTORICALLY ATTRIBUTED ARTIFACT
2.5" to 1.75" in lengths
Actual Item - One Only