Lots of pictures of Roman soldiers

Transferred from old blog.

This French site has many pictures of re-enactment groups. Some of them are very large, and would print as big posters.

On looking through the pictures I found one that looked very familiar. I checked up, and found that it was one of mine, lifted from the old blog. It’s the one of the Ermine Street Guard starting the charge. That’s OK by me. They are on line in order to be useful. The French site took it from a third party. An acknowledgement would have been nice …

Meanwhile, here’s the whole collection of slides which I took of an Ermine Street Guard appearance about 25 years ago. For good measure I add diagrams for making your own catapulta, from Acta Divrna of 1952

Is this correct, on Roman horseshoes?

Transferred from the old blog.

I’ve always been a bit hazy about the Romans and horseshoes. Catullus (17) has a mule casting its shoe in the mud.

et supinum animum in gravi derelinquere caeno
ferream ut soleam tenaci in voragine mula

This piece from Equisearch says hippo-sandals came in ‘sometime after the first century’.

The History of Horseshoes

You can’t enjoy your horse on the trail or in the arena without them.
Here’s the story of where they came from and how they’ve developed through the ages. By Rachel Cohen, photo by Mandy Lorraine

Once people discovered the utilitarian value of the horse,
they simultaneously realized the necessity to protect the horse’s feet-that is, if they hoped to maximize his use. Although horses in the wild seem to do quite well without shoes over a wide variety of terrain, they move at a slow pace. Those infrequent times when they are forced to run for their lives, those hindered by sore feet are easy prey for predators. Of course horse owners, even in primitive times,
weren’t interested in survival of the fittest. They needed to have their animals serviceable as much as possible, and so man began protecting their horses’ feet almost as soon as they started domesticating them.

A thousand years before any one thought to write about the
process, horses had some sort of hoof protection. Horsemen throughout Asia equipped their horses with booties made from hides and woven from plants. Often used for therapeutic purposes, these primitive shoes provided protection for sore hooves and helped guard against future

Sometime after the first century, shod hooves traversed the
roadways set down by ancient Romans. To protect their valuable steeds, the riders outfitted their horses with coverings inspired by the sandals strapped to their own feet. These leather and metal “hipposandals” fitted over horses’ hooves and fastened with leather straps.

Traveling to colder climes up north, the soft, wet ground of
northern Europe overly softened porous hooves. In these damp settings, horses used in farming and transportation became susceptible to soundness problems and had trouble gaining a toehold on the surface.
Horsemen tried various remedies, and by the sixth and seventh centuries began nailing metal shoes onto their horses’ feet.

I can’t find my own photos of hipposandals, but there is a picture from the Museum of London here, and another one, which looks more secure, from the British Museum here.

Talk: SouthEast Leicestershire’s treasure & the Roman Conquest of Leicester.

In Loughborough

Posted on June 16, 2008, 1:21 pm
P. Klein


Everyone with an interest in archaeology is invited to Enderby Library on Wednesday 2nd July at 5:15 till 6:30 when guest speaker Peter Liddle, will give a talk on the treasure find in Southeast Leicestershire and the Roman conquest of Leicester.

This talk is part of a series of talks and IT Workshops for adults at Enderby Library. All are welcome to these informal sessions which will be held once a month on a Wednesday. The sessions are free though donation of 20p is suggested for refreshments. Why not come along to any of the sessions which interest you, or make it a regular appointment? The upcoming sessions are listed below:

Wed 2nd July, 5:15-6:30: Talk – “SouthEast Leicestershire’s treasure & the Roman Conquest of Leicester.”

‘Amazing’ Roman hoard placed on display in Museum of London

UKTV History

A collection of late Roman vessels has been placed on temporary display at the Museum of London.

Discovered in Drapers Garden in the capital by Pre-Construct Archaeology, the hoard provides an important insight into daily life in Roman London.

Items found during excavations at the site in the heart of the City of London include wine buckets, copper alloy vessels, dishes, cauldrons, jugs, ladles, a bear’s skull, human remains and a Roman door. Many of the vessels were found inside a fourth century AD well and a number of them are in excellent condition.

Work was carried out by archaeologists after a 1960s tower was demolished and finds from the site are now on public display and being analysed by experts as part of the post-excavation work.

Jenny Hall, curator of Roman London at Museum of London, commented: “These finds are amazing. In size and scale they are simply unprecedented. Nothing like this has ever been found from London before, or anywhere else in Britain.”

Meanwhile, a collection of Roman artefacts and coins found in Norfolk by a metal detectorist will remain in the county following the award of a £26,800 grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) to the Norfolk Museums and Archaeology Service.