Author: David Roberts

2017 Review

 TALKS Once again we enjoyed a fascinating mix of talks on a wide variety of subjects. We started the year with a talk from Northern Archaeological Associates on the recent archaeological excavations as part of the A1 Improvement Scheme. This coincided with an exhibition of finds at The Bowes Museum. Mags Felter from York Archaeological Trust joined us in April to tell us about the Aldborough Roman Burial and she was accompanied by Nick Wilson on whose land this was found. Nick who told us about the great impact that this important find had had on him. Alex Croom, from Tyne and Wear Museum, was back in Aldborough by popular demand in May with “Running the Roman Home” and in June Ken Shaw gave us a fascinating insight into the water systems of Pompeii with “Pompeii – Talking Water”. We found out more about ” John Clayton, the Man who saved Hadrian’s Wall” from Frances McIntosh, Curator of Roman Collections at Corbridge. At our Open Days in September we were joined by Heuristics who have worked for many years at historic sites and museums. They brought Aldborough Roman site to life with their hands on approach to Roman inventions. Gareth and Nicole Beale also joined us in September to talk about their innovative work using creative digital technologies with community groups to record archaeological and historical features. The first part of the talk focused on the workshop...

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Military Weekend September 2016

The Romans and the rains came! This was the timetable for the day: 10:00 ­ Introduce the Roman soldiers by name and talk about different parts of kit, scutum, pilum, segmentata, helmet, gladius, pugio. 10:30 – Demonstrate how to form una ordine, move into duos ordines, demonstrate how to form testudo, then both ranks form testudo. 11:00 ­ General discussion / explanation about life as a Roman soldier, age at entry, service, pay, pension, medical care, equipment. 12:00 ­ Children’s army ­ provide cardboard shields (scuta) and foam swords (gladius), organise into ranks and address (salute) to The Emperor. Marching and simple drill manoeuvres. 13:00 ­ Military drill in arena, demonstrating forming ranks and Cuneum (wedge formation) and dealing with cavalry charge. Unfortunately, rain prevented a Roman bread making demonstration, otherwise the weather did not deter Legio VI Victrix or our guests – the Mayor of Harrogate, Nick Brown, the Mayor and Mayoress of Boroughbridge, Peter and Pauline Phillips and Andrew Jones, the local MP....

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