IMC 2003: Sessions

Session 503: Power and Force: Weapons of Mass Destruction, I: Pre-Gunpowder Artillery

Tuesday 15 July 2003, 09.00-10.30

Sponsor:Middelaldercentret, Nykøbing
Organiser:Peter Vemming, Middelaldercentret, Nykøbing Falster
Moderator/Chair:Kay Smith, Independent Scholar, Leeds
Paper 503-aReconstructing a Medieval Ballista
(Language: English)
Jens Christiansen, Middelaldercentret, Nykøbing
Index terms: Military History, Technology

In the 1990s the Middelaldercentret in Denmark re-constructed a series of medieval trebuchets. The lessons they learned about their construction, use and effectiveness taught them a great deal about this early form of artillery. Similarly, they are now embarking on the reconstruction and test firing of a recently discovered 14th-century ballista from Germany. Speakers from the Middelaldercentret will present their work on these, and other, experimental reconstructions, and the implications it has on our understanding of pre-gunpowder weapons.