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Goths, Heruls or Alamanns? The Phalheim Horse Warriors

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  • dirk@smra.co.uk
    Hello all, the Nuremberg Germanic National Museum is starting an exhibition about the horse warriors found in the cemetary of Phalheim (Ellwangen South
    Message 1 of 1 , Mar 12, 2001
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      Hello all,

      the Nuremberg Germanic National Museum is starting an exhibition
      about the horse warriors found in the cemetary of Phalheim (Ellwangen
      South Germany) in the early 20th century. This cemetary (5th to 7th
      century) yielded the remains of a considerable number of Germanic
      horsemen, who were burried with weapons, shields and highly decorated
      riding equipment. The interesting thing about the artefacts recovered
      in these graves is that their decorations, style and manufacture are
      almost exclusively East-Germanic - East Roman/Byzantine and
      Mediterranean. Some Archaelologists have stated that the Phalheim
      warriors were the arch-typical East-Germanic horsemen. This has long
      given rise to interpretations arguing that these were in fact Goths
      or/and Heruls. However, W. Menghin has argued that the Phalheim
      warriors were Alamanns posted their by the Franks to defend an
      important East-West connection of the Merowingian Empire. At any
      rate, the exhibition is on until July 15 and a detailed Katalog is
      also available from the Museum.

      cheers
      Dirk
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