Here are few pics, it's not much but may come handy. I took the photographs, rest is from few museum sites, it's mostly buckles, belt decorations, some weapons, (and one picture of avar woman with forcibly deformated head just for fun
)... of earliest Serbian finds.http://www.mediafire.com/?vldirqe4ec55dfl
Serbs are southern Slavs, maybe it does not fit the region but because of some connections to Wends some pics may be useful.
small info just for orientation:
South Slav tribes called Sklavini and Anti began to settle and attack Balkans in VI century. Serbian(Srbi) and Croatian(Hrvati) tribes began settling on Balkans in VII century when other South Slavic tribes who were already settled on Balkans like Draguviti, Sagudati, Velegeziti, Vajuniti,Verziti simply blended among this two big groups. On the other hand already present Avars who attacked and submited the first slavic group who settled in VI century were "driven away" by Croat tribes as requested from Byzantine Emperor some time between 610-641 A.C.
In the VIII and XIV century first Slavic states on Balkans were proclaimed and I wont go any further from there since it's not mod related.
small info source:
SERBIAN ACADEMY OF SCIENCES AND ARTS MONOGRAPHS, Volume DLXVIAccepted at the 7th session of the Department of Language and Literature on December 25,1984, upon author Dimitrije Bogdanović own communication.Editor-in-Chief: ANTONIJE ISAKOVIĆ Member of AcademyBEOGRAD 1986
EDIT:About Slavic arms in general
(forgive abouth lack of terminology in english, some mistakes in words may occur):
Slavic spear found in Poland, Ukraine and Russia
Note the throwing spears in the end that were stuck into the wood with a spike instead of other types that were nailed on the wooden handle.
Spears were most commonly used, sources usually mention that each soldier had two or three spears.
Axes are the most common find of weapons along with spears. There is a difference in axes that were used for war the ones for houshold, pics above are all war axes.
Short axes or one handed axes had handles up to 1m in length and long axes or two handed axes were up to 1.80 m.
Slavic knife /nozh(nož) found in Czech republic
This knives were very similar if not identical to seax. All of them were placed into the handle via spike (trn).
Slavic sword by it's characteristics are most simmilar to germanic and "viking" swords with length from 90 to 100cm, their weight were up to 1.5kg, sharpened on both sides.
There are no archeological evidences that both southern and western Slavs used sabres. Avars on the other hand used sabres:
Avar sabre from Brodski Drenovac, Serbia
Eastern Slavs like Kievan Rus used sabres in small numbers for cavalry. As of written sources there is a mention of sabre when one rus Kniaz exchanged gifts with Pecheneg Han in 968. AD and got a sabre as a gift.
Sling (Praćka) were made of leather or fabric holder with two ropes from 40-50cm to above in length. Rocks of weight from 150 to 200gr were used as a projectile.
Modern reconstructiof of slavic sling (praćka)
Bows and Arrows:
Bows used were named by material they were made of, so we have:
Horn Bow(rarely used) similar to avar bow.
As for arrows, all types were used and southern Slavs also used poisoned arrows too and flaming arrows for sieges.
Some maces were used as well as farming flails but not in a great extent.
Siege weapons were quite developed amongst southern slavs, byzantine sources are wast on this topic and explain them in good details.
So we have;
Ladder (self explanatory)
Turtle (it is device that looked like ram used to protect workers from arrows, workers then, when approached to the gates, with different tools and axes penetrated the doors or walls)
Ram (self explanatory, only detail is that they were moved via animals sometimes)
Siege towers (in a form we know it. On the top floor were archers and slingers, and towers were moved via animals from inside of tower, or via humans.)
Petrobol (Byzantine name for the device that looked like catapult and was used to throw stones able to destroy a house. It's sizes were different. Byzantines did not used this device.)[/spoiler]About Slavic protection gear in general
Shield or Štit(Shtit) were very common and used by everyone. Sources are more mentioning the size rather then shape. So we have small shields and very large shields. I presume those very large shileds were square since source mentions it was very protective and very heavy.
More on protection gear later, I'm tired...