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Rare Roman suit of armour found at Caerleon dig

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Rare Roman suit of armour found at Caerleon dig

Post by Rowan » Thu September 16th, 2010, 8:30 pm

This would be amazing to see. If you follow the link, there's a video as well. :)
Archaeologists digging at a site in south Wales have uncovered an entire suit of Roman armour and some weapons.

The rare discovery was made during an excavation at the fortress of Caerleon in south Wales, one of Britain's best known Roman sites.

Dig leader Dr Peter Guest of Cardiff University said the suit was only the third or fourth to be found in the UK, and the first in Wales.

"It's very important for the study of Roman Britain," he said.

Dr Guest, senior lecturer in Roman archaeology at Cardiff's school of history, archaeology and religion, explained that a number of objects were first spotted last week on top of a floor in one room of a warehouse on the Priory Field site.
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Post by Divia » Thu September 16th, 2010, 9:41 pm

way cool. I love that stuff! Its so neat that ancient stuff can still be found. It amazes me. Thanks for sharing.
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Post by LoveHistory » Fri September 17th, 2010, 12:42 am

Interesting stuff. Thanks for posting.

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Post by annis » Fri September 17th, 2010, 4:07 am

Fascinating- thanks for the link :)

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Post by chuck » Fri September 17th, 2010, 5:15 am

Amazing find ...Thanks

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Post by parthianbow » Fri September 17th, 2010, 2:47 pm

This has been an amazing month at Caerleon - they've also discovered the outlines of some huge buildings that weren't previously known of. A shame that it's the 3rd and last year of the current investigation. Still, it gives them a good basis for coming back.


See my other post about the poignant find on Hadrian's Wall, evidence of a murder nearly 2000 years old. :(
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Post by fljustice » Fri September 17th, 2010, 6:37 pm

Thanks, Rowan! This link is just in time for my monthly "history in the news"roundup.

BTW, I got to dig at a Roman fort on the Tyne a few years ago. Our big discovery was an iron ax head (plus lots and lots of broken pottery.) Caerleon looks fantastic!
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