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Re: Roman Armour Find

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Paul Austen <[log in to unmask]>

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Thu, 26 Apr 2001 16:03:30 +0100

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Is it true that it is the first Roman armour to be found with the equivalent of a samian potter's stamp, with "CXXII" feintly decipherable impressed into some of the sheet parts and detected by the X-radiography? 

I thought some similar finds were made when the Heffalump trap in Ashdown Forest was dug (obviously without prior assessment or evaluation) but this of course is rather earlier and was stamped XLIII.

>>> David Starley <[log in to unmask]> 04/26 1:33 pm >>>
Malcolm,
The large assemblage of military artefacts was excavated by Carlisle
Archaeology Ltd, University of Bradford, from the Roman fort in Carlisle.
Preservation was excellent due to waterlogged conditions. It's very early
days yet, but 4 of the large sections of armour, which had been lifted as
blocks were brought to The Armouries for X-radiography (the largest block
measured 0.8m x 0.8m). We're very excited about the armour, not only because
the individual scales and lames are still articulated, but because they're
examples of parts of armour we have virtually no other evidence for, ie
defences for limbs and a probable neckguard. The X-radiographs are
spectacular, hopefully some of the press will reproduce these.

As I say it's early days, but after conservation and thorough study, the
whole assemblage from Carlisle is going to prove very important.

David Starley PhD
Science Officer

Royal Armouries
Conservation Dept.
Armouries Way
Leeds LS10 1LT
United Kingdom

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-----Original Message-----
From: Malcolm Watkins [mailto:[log in to unmask]] 
Sent: Thursday, April 26, 2001 12:11 PM
To: [log in to unmask] 
Subject: Roman Armour Find


Can anyone provide more info on the find of armour from Carlisle which was
briefly described on Today this morning? Sounds very exciting and worth
seeing some pictures.


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