Junior Scientists and Experimental Archaeologists

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In SCA rapier, a Junior Scientist is someone who uses their academic or technical knowledge to test various questions about things like armor strength or blade behavior without the benefit of an actual laboratory. Typically their experiments are done in the living room or garage, using available materials.

An experimental archaeologist is someone who attempts to re-create historical artifacts using known or hypothesized historic techniques, rather than modern tools or methods.

Here are reports on some of their work:

The Machine

Destroying Masks What kind of forces are needed for an SCA rapier blade to destroy a fencing mask?

Testing lighter armor

A Treatise Concerning Leg Wounds

Combat Anatomy or "If that was a real sword, what would it do to you?"

Schlager Penetration Tests

The Touch-kill Question Why "If you feel it, call it." isn't necessarily correct.

East Kingdom Armor Punch Tests