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Intro: Hello, all you fair people gathered here today, my name is Ryan Llewellyn.

Tonight, I will be
presenting my project on Armor history, specifically certain periods of history throughout time. I chose
this topic because armor has always fascinated and awed me, and I wanted some practical experience in
case I ever went role playing for reference, and also to gain a greater historical knowledge, a knowledge
very important to me. Please hold all your questions for the end of the presentation.

Outline: Through this presentation, I shall review my research paper, how and what my product is and
represents, the difficulties and successes I have had throughout this project, and who my mentor is and
how he helped.

Research Paper: My paper is structure with three main topics addressed. First, I cover medieval
European armor, specifically in the time periods from 900 AD to the mid-18th century, and how it
evolved over the centuries and what it was influenced by, and what it influenced, in turn.
Then, we take a trip to Japan for my second topic, Japanese armor, from the 4th century to the 18th
century as well, and the different periods of influence that popularized it.
When both styles abruptly ended around the same time period marks the dawn of modern armor, and
its movement from phasing armor out completely, to its rocky push to make a comeback to modern
times, culminating in the flak jackets and bulletproof vests used by police and military forces today.

Product: For my product, I have before you a functional vambrace of a European design, borrowed from
my mothers collection, because apparently the museum does not trust most people to return priceless
heirlooms or pieces of armor. This vambraces function was to protect he wearers hand from being cut
off by an opponents weapon, and to otherwise deflect attacks. Would that I could wear the entire set,
but it would be extremely hot to wear it all, even in the middle of winter. I wouldve made this
interactive and brought something to test its functionality as well, but that would be an ACTUAL
weapon, and not allowed on the premises.

What Ive Learned: Because of this project, I have gained a greater understanding of how armor has
changed over the centuries, and how different cultures and time periods have different styles and ideas
of how it should look, function, feel, and what elements make up the armor.

Mentor: My mentor through this process is Dr. Jake Butera of UNCA. He is a Classics professor there,
specifically specializing in Greek and Roman Military history. He has received both a B.A. and a PH D. in
Classical Studies, the B.A. from Miami University in 2010, and the PH D. from Duke University in 2012,
with a brief teaching term at Brigham Young University from 2011-2012.

Successes: Throughout this process, I have managed to stay on course and Ive found it was not as hard
as I had first anticipated. I always kept calm under pressure, and made sure that any problem I came up
against was met with the tenacity of full determination to see this process through.

Challenges: I had a lot of assorted problems throughout this process, some brought upon myself, some
that were unavoidable. Early on, I had some difficulty finding sources, as it is surprising how few books
have been written on armor history of any kind, and for a long while, I could find no one who either had
the credentials to be a mentor to me on the subject, or was willing to do so. There was also some
difficulty, as I have mentioned before, in finding a suitable product which I was not allowed to buy.
Conclusion: anyway, thank you for judging my project. I learned a lot over this process and am glad to
share my studies with others willing to listen, along with preparation for the larger world in the form of
writing a sizable paper and basic website design. Are there any questions you would like to ask me?

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