Armed Batavians. Use and Significance of Weaponry and Horse Gear from Non-Military Contexts in the Rhine Delta (50 BC to AD 450).
Amsterdam University Press, Amsterdam, 2007. X,408p. Richly ills.(B&W photographs and line drawings). Cloth with dust wrps. 'This important, regional assessment of weaponry and horse gear uncovered in the eastern part of the Dutch river area is one of two books published by Amsterdam Archaeological Studies as part of the research project 'The Batavians: Etnic Identity in a Frontier Situation', (...). As Nicolay points out, the need for this book stems from the large number of weapons and horse gear uncovered from the non-militarised parts of the eastern Dutch river area in recent years. Altogether, approximately 2,700 finds from the late Iron Age to post-Roman period are examined in the study. Some derive from archaeological excavations, but the majority are from the personal collections of metal detectorists. After setting out the overall frameworks of the research in ch. 1, the book divided into six other chapters. Ch. 2 presents the horse gear and weapons at the heart of the study, and provides a typo-chronological overview of the material. Chs 3 and 4 discuss the regions in which the objects were produced, as well as the context of their discovery (…). The remaining three chapters of the book explore the social and political implications of the material, and, particularly, the question of ownership - to whom did the weapons and horse gear once belong? (…) Overall, N. must be congratulated for detailing both the military and non-,military associations of the weapons and horse gear in the eastern Dutch river area, and for charting their importance from the pre-Roman to post-Roman periods. this impressive book includes a vast array of graphs, illustrations and tables, which are all of the high standard one is accustomed to expect of the Amsterdam Archaeological series.’ (CHERYL CLAY in Britannia, 2010, p.493).