14227Re: [SCA-Archery] Back quiver VS. Hip quiver- further study
- Jan 28, 2004On Tue, 27 Jan 2004 9:43:51 -0700, you, with reckless abandon, wrote:
>I have been watching the debate of whether or not the back quiver is period orNow traditional archery I believ it was did a 3 part story on his gear examining it closely and
>not, and if there was even ANY precedence for them.
>I started to research this issue myself because I am rather partial to the back
>quiver. I came across the Ötzi, the Iceman and found out that he had a quiver
>with some arrows in it. But all the information that I read did not tell me
>whether or not it was a back or hip quiver.
>So, I emailed the South Tyrol Museum of Archaeology in Italy with the question
>of whether or not the Iceman carried a back or hip quiver, and the following is
>the answer I got back from them:
>referring to your question about the Iceman we can tell that he surely had a
>Below some information about it:
>"The quiver is made of a rectangular, elongated hide bag that tapers slightly
>towards the bottom. The piece of hide was held together lengthways and
>supported by a 9.-cm-long hazel wood rod. This supporting strut had already
>been broken into three sections during Ötzi's lifetime. The lid and the
>carrying strap were missing. The elaborately decorated side pocket remains in
>good condition however.
>The quiver contained twelve rough arrow shafts and two finished arrows. The
>unfinished shafts are between 84 and 87 cm long and made of the shoots of
>viburnum sapwood. Their bark had been removed but not yet smoothed down and all
>had notches cut into the ends.
>Both finished arrows have flint arrowheads, fixed to the shaft with birch tar
>and then bound with thread. These arrows are unique in that the shafts display
>the remains of three-part radial fletching, attached with birch tar and bound
>with thin nettle fibres. This fletching served to stabilize the arrow during
>flight. One of the arrows had an extended shaft made of cornel wood inserted
>into the top.
>The quiver also held four tips of stag antlers tied together with strips of
>bast. There was also a bent antler tip that the Iceman probably used for
>skinning the animals he had hunted.
>Besides two animal sinews, there was also a ball of tree bast string some two
>metres long. The irregular and inelastic nature of this cord makes it unlikely
>that it colud have served as a bowstring."
>From: "Ötzi, the Iceman - A full facts at a glance" Author: Angelika
recreating it to exact dimensions and if I am not mistaken, as I have lent the issues out to a bud
of mine, the quiver he carried was a side quiver, much like what many native american indians used.
not a hip quiver or a back model but a long over the shoulder side quiver.
Jay massey also reccomends this same style in his boyers bible article on quivers. personally I like
this one better. period or not.
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