Reenactment Event at Birdoswald
Birdoswald, 30th June 2005
It was a nice day and the word was that there was a Roman reenactment event taken place at Birdoswald Fort along Hadrian's Wall. So I jumped on a bus and got myself out there.
As it turned out the Ermine Street Guard were putting on a fine show. Plenty of soldiers, catapults (even an onager firing cabbages. Armed with my new digital camera I snapped away at anything that moved. Sadly though the military display unfortunately coincided with the bus times (ending when my bus arrived and starting shortly before my bus left), which left me little chance to capture the soldiers moving in formation or firing their catapults. Well, better luck next time.
In any case, it was a pleasant excursion to the old wall and I think there are plenty of worthwhile pics. I'm trying a bigger picture format this time. Let's see if it proves practical.
As I arrived the military display was just ending.
A full-scale onager catapult was among the exhibits. This one in particular fired cabbages...
A Roman cookery demonstration was taking place at a stall, people invited to try and taste. However, the crowds around were large. I never got a chance...
The encampment was guarded by a wooden barricade erected from the individual prongs each legionary would carry with his kit.
With them the soldiers brought a full scale leather contubernium tent which would house 8 soldiers.
Having been challenged by the makers of the archaeological programme 'Time Team' in 1999 to furnish a crane using Roman technology, in 2004 the legionaries of the Legio XX Valeria Victrix came up with this suspended A-frame. It works handsomely and seems a very credible solution. On the right-hand picture you see a legionary working the lever which turns the ratchet mechanism, of the same type used on catapults.