Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Functional element analysis of Bronze Age Aegean sword types using Finite Element Analysis
by Miller, Jason Andrew, M.A., California State University, Long Beach, 2017, 63; 10260776
Abstract (Summary)

This thesis analyzes the utility of Finite Element Analysis (FEA) in testing strength trends in Type A, Ci, Dii, F, and G swords described by the Sandars Bronze Age Aegean classification. Comparing sword composition of a variety of alloys and using three-dimensional models of each sword type, I evaluate the strength and resilience of each sword shape form in thrusting and hacking impact and shearing under a series of force intervals. The results of these tests suggest that there is performance variability between the sword types and that the sword forms generally correlate with an increase in strength over time. Furthermore, the tests suggest that the alloy and temper of the sword have a significant impact on the sword’s strength. This indicates that a sword’s form was based on more than mere prestige and had clear functional characteristics. Further testing on alloy and temper type use over time is necessary.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Quintiliani, Karen
Commitee: Lipo, Carl, Neff, Hector, Scotton, Paul
School: California State University, Long Beach
Department: Anthropology
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 56/03M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Archaeology, Classical Studies
Keywords: Aegean Bronze Age, Bronze swords, Combat archaeology, Darwinian evolutionary theory, Finite element analysis, Functional analysis, Minoan warfare, Mycenean warfare, Philosophy of science
Publication Number: 10260776
ISBN: 9781369668452
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