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    Dear all

    Not too long ago I remember reading a query about the possible use of feathers as defence accessories, or perhaphs as some part of the armour of the south American Indians etc.

    I wonder what resulted from this debate and what the state of play of this topic is? Were feathers used to soften blows, or to blunt the cutting action of swords? What is the nature of the evidence? anecdotal? documented?

    kind regards

    Dr Peter Zioupos
    Senior Lecturer
    Dept of Materials & Medical Sciences, DCMT
    Cranfield University, Shrivenham SN6 8LA, UK
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