Boar spears have been used as a weapon for hunting wild boars since the Middle Ages. The parry bar prevented the animal from being pierced, and the shaft of boar spears was made of sturdy ash wood. Hunting wild boar with the boar spear required great experience and skill and is hardly practised today. The risk of injury from the boar's tusks was considerable. It was considered a royal test of courage to go boar hunting with only the boar spear. Charlemagne's successful hunt for a boar is accordingly also acknowledged in the St. Gall manuscript Carolus Magnus et Papa Leo from the year 799.
Age: um 1600 n. Chr. Modern period
Modern period: The modern era began around 1500 with the Reformation and the discovery of America. Characteristic of this era are the enormous changes in society, not only in Europe, which were triggered by events such as the French Revolution, wars, and, last but not least, industrialisation. New technologies made it possible to produce mass goods, and industrial production shifted to cities, which grew into large towns. The invention of new, faster means of transport shortened travel times. Goods, fashions and ideas could now be exchanged much more quickly and widely than before. The end of the First World War in 1918 marked the beginning of modernity, the main feature of which was the ever faster development of progress.
Location: Elbe near Hamburg
Undated: There is no dating for this object.
Material: Animal Bone