IMC 2004: Sessions

Session 1604: The Holy Lance in Vienna: An Archaeometallurgical and Historical Research Project

Thursday 15 July 2004, 11.15-12.45

Sponsor:VIAS: Vienna Institute for Archaeological Science
Organiser:Franz Kirchweger, Kunsthistorisches Museum, Wien
Moderator/Chair:Franz Kirchweger, Kunsthistorisches Museum, Wien
Paper 1604-aThe Holy Lance in its Archaeological and Historical Context
(Language: English)
Erik Szameit, Institut für Ur- und Frühgeschichte, Universität Wien
Index terms: Archaeology - Artefacts, Archaeology - General, Art History - General, Social History
Paper 1604-bScientific Investigations of the Holy Lance
(Language: English)
Manfred Schreiner, Akademie der bildenden Künste, Wien
Index terms: Archaeology - Artefacts, Archaeology - General, Science, Technology
Paper 1604-cAn Archaeometallurgical Study on the Holy Lance
(Language: English)
Mathias Mehofer, Archäologiezentrum, Universität Wien
Index terms: Archaeology - Artefacts, Military History, Science, Technology

The Holy Lance in Vienna! An archaeometallurgical and historical research project. This session presents an interdisciplinary research project on the wellknown Holy Lance kept in Vienna (Kunsthistorisches Museum), which once formed part of the Insignia of the Holy Roman Empire. The papers wil lreconsider archaeological and historical aspects of this ‘winged Lance’ with a focus on chronological and chorological aspects. One paper will present the provisional results of X-Ray photography, toolmark-analysis, EDXRF-analysis and the results on the steps of production (smithingtechnology) of this object, looking also on the the silver and gold sheets which have been added to the lance later.