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As we are "doing some housekeeping" by way of this new forum , here are a few internal site and external UK links.


Here is my main RA album , (which is getting a bit unweidly so I have hived off artillery and will be further posting a new civilian album, so that the cooking, medical and hawking elements can be separated)




LEG II AVG, their home site in portsmouth:


Here is one of several photostrips for them (this one at Bremettenacvm), including in this instance a cavalry element



Ludus Gladiotorusare also present at one of their events:(you may recognise my previous persona)




LEG VIII AVG, originally from N Wales:


here they are at Banna with attached late era cavalry



LEG XIIII GEM (and the Cohors Batavorum):



here is the on site gallery link for the legion at Corbridge:(scroll either side of this image for more shots)


My own msn site has a blog entry regarding the Polybolus with additional photos.


Vicus, the late era Romano Britsh group:






Probably quite a bit more to follow, I think an overhaul of the albums might be needed .

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Ok , here we have an experiment in terms of a pertinent blog entry lifted wholesale to the forum , I will be interested to see if positioning the links here leads more passerby to the gallery area.



Pertinax previously blogged in 2006:



"The weather in Britain never fails to amaze, last weekend the LEG II got a thorough soaking at Bremetenacvm, and have had to work all week at drying and reparing kit, but today a slave had to make rounds with water for the troops who were sweltering in their armour.


So the Legion was at Gargrave, nearest therefore to Olinacvm on the road from Bremetenacvm to Eboracvm.


There is evidence of a substantial villa adjacent to the village



The Legion had its supporting civilian units and , on this ocassion in adittion , the midwife, the fast food outlet and more dangerous than either of these , the gladiator school.


The medical tent had a greater array of instruments due to the presence of the midwife, and I will give detailed information in the Roman Medicine thread in due course.


I had particularly set out to get shots of the cataract surgical tools which are a faithful copy of a Mediterranean find, interestingly, as regards all the various pieces on display , all the British and Gallic finds tend to be heavier and more simply constructed -the nearer to Rome the fancier and finer in construction.

The catarct tool is very simple and would have been deployed quickly and effectivley by a skilled Doctor, the cataract is cut into with a very fine point and the rear tube is drawn out (like a fountain pen) to produce a small vacuum thus drawing the excised tissue away from the eye.



The midwife is ,in reality,a contemporary midwife and we discussed Roman birth control and infanticide, she was of the opinion that birth control was predominantly dealt with by infanticide or abortion , though herbal medication and sympathetic magic were also involved: here we see the specialised tool for extraction of an unwanted infant from the womb, often mistaken for forceps these are a much smaller and heavier instrument .I do note that Pliny recommends "fat from the loins of a hyaena" which will bring an immediate resolutuion to difficult labour.


The array of items also included trephanation tools, catheters (male and female -beautifully made to a top class finish) and small bone saws for amputation.The equipment for the extraction of opiate latex from the popppy seed head is exactly the same then as now, a very hot deeply bowled spoon.Here is the best surviving midwifery text available.


The gladiator school was a well equipped hut , I can do no better than illustrate its excellent selection of weaponry and equipment



and I was able to have a long chat about shield grips and weapon usage (in general not just in the arena) which was very informative .And here is one of its fearsome inhabitants:



So an informative excursion.


AS usual upload off site of approx 50 images here in LEG II AVG gallery" End of blog.


Watch out Dis Pater is about!


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