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Experimental combat: technical, anthropological and educational contributions

TitleExperimental combat: technical, anthropological and educational contributions
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2013
JournalExperimentelle Archäologie in Europa Bilanz 2013
PublisherEuropäische Vereinigung zur Förderung der Experimentellen Archäologie e.V.
Place PublishedBad Langensalza
Type of Articlearticle
Publication LanguageEnglish
ISBN Number978-3-944255-01-9

This article, based on ten years of experimental combat with reproductions of Gaulish weapons by the non-profit organisation Cladio, presents the different thematic categories that this type of approach contributes to technical, anthropological and educational subjects. The technical results are principally about production, resistance and ergonomics of Gaulish military equipment. The results designated as "anthropological" cover a wider scope of questions linked to the techniques of individual and group combat, battle sequences and success factors linked to a victorious engagement. Experimental combat permits a better understanding of the ancient warrior's knowledge through the modern experimenter's "embodiment" of the practices and thus changes current perspectives on literary sources and iconographical documents. The results of the experimental approach are useful in an educational framework, or for cultural mediation, by offering direct experimentation activities to the public in the form of combat demonstrations. Both types of combat presentations must be accompanied by a morale and ethical explanation about warfare.