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Silla Warrior and Armor found

This, according to a wonderful blog Gusts of Popular Feeling (via Dong A Ilbo):

“The armor of a heavily armed warrior from the Shilla Dynasty (57 B.C.–935 A.D.) and his horse buried 1,600 years ago have been discovered almost intact.

The Gyeongju National Research Institute of Cultural Heritage yesterday said the discovery was made in an ancient tomb with two coffins buried in the early fifth century at the Jjoksaem district of the Hwangohdong ancient tomb cluster (Historical Relic No. 41), which had around 150 Shilla tombs from the fourth to sixth centuries in Gyeongju, North Gyeongsang Province.”

The Silla dynasty in Korea is endlessly fascinating to me, a feeling reinforced the times I have traveled to Gyeongju, a beautiful city. The articles goes further to say:

“The warrior’s armor was placed above the trunk armor of the horse piece by piece – cuirass, back shield and leg protectors. A helmet along with neck and shoulder armor and arm protectors was discovered far west of the main coffin.

A sword with a ring end measuring 84 centimeters and a small knife made of deer horn were buried near the armor. In a separate container for burial accessories next to the main coffin, the helmet of the horse, saddle mould, a bit, stirrups, horse riding tools and pieces of earthenware were discovered. ”

If you like this kind of thing, this is brilliant. I am absolutely fascinated with archaeology of this sort, letting the past inform the present.

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My name is Michael Sean Gallagher. I am a Lecturer in Digital Education at the Centre for Research in Digital Education at the University of Edinburgh. I am Co-Founder and Director of Panoply Digital, a consultancy dedicated to ICT and mobile for development (M4D); we have worked with USAID, GSMA, UN Habitat, Cambridge University and more on education and development projects. I was a researcher on the Near Futures Teaching project, a project that explores how teaching at The University of Edinburgh unfold over the coming decades, as technology, social trends, patterns of mobility, new methods and new media continue to shift what it means to be at university. Previously, I was the Research Associate on the NERC, ESRC, and AHRC Global Challenges Research Fund sponsored GCRF Research for Emergency Aftershock Forecasting (REAR) project. I was an Assistant Professor at Hankuk University of Foreign Studies (한국외국어대학교) in Seoul, Korea. I have also completed a doctorate at University College London (formerly the independent Institute of Education, University of London) on mobile learning in the humanities in Korea.

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