IN THE SUMMER OF '96 LEGION XIIII CROSSED THE SIERRA NEVADA DESERT ON A THREE DAY EXERCISE. THIS WAS ARRANGED FOR SUPPORTERS TO TAKE PART IN AND THERE WERE TWELVE OF US IN NUMBER. WE HAD FOUR PACK MULES CARRYING TWO LEATHER TENTS ALONG WITH ALL OUR FOOD AND WATER. EACH SOLDIER CARRIED HIS OWN SHIELD AND JAVELIN. THE IDEA OF THE MARCH WAS TO TRY AND CAPTURE THE FEELING OF WHAT IT WAS LIKE TO STEP BACK TWO THOUSAND YEARS.... IT WAS A VERY REWARDING EXPERIENCE FOR US ALL.

The group consisted mainly of historians, archaeologists and teachers. Amazingly everyone performed quite well cosidering the heat... but most were overjoyed when we reached our Hotel in Almareia and the local taberna. Where we all ate from a huge giant Piella dish specially laid on for us.

Regrouping en-route! cave entrance the legions blue shields capricorn standard Caivs Vexillifer Cingulum the infamous Jonn Eagle sandy hill small beetle lizard cornicem desert slope wasteland grassy type shrub nothing here three tired soldiers more tired soldiers steep slope

 

A hard climb in the heat...

 

 

just sky where the sound comes out where the sound goes in! distant hill lost focale just climbed over these Allivs this one is tiring muscular fore arm of body builder Vexillum Tassles iron standard head dangly bits scabbard bear headress dagger standard pole bush various insect life

FOLLOW THE CAMELS things with humps! strange legs worn out roman...wishing he had not listened to Marcvs old trail salt lake footprinted sand shadow spare kit haze

 

30 miles to go - to Tozeur! some serious rocks strange loose rock the bearskin we found kept the heat of the body  Marcvs feeling very proud of himself... as usual! very bright sky summit dung beetle dung bright haze untidy crest just another elbow small ravine It's only sky

 The closest thing to time travel... being there... somewhere remote... dressed for the part.

 

CAMP IN THE ALPS? onager set up for display snow covered mountain tops a lot of sky cavalry helmet we copied from british museum usual roman pony trousers for cold weather flat oval cavalry shield stakes... earth worm grass wynch handle
 
IN THE SPRING OF ’98 A TEAM OF FOUR OF US (MARCVS, CAIVS, ALLIVS, AND GERMANICVS) CARRIED AN ARTILLERY ENGINE ( A SCORPION CATAPULTA) TO THE SUMMIT OF SNOWDON. IT SEEMED A LOGICAL THING TO ACCOMPLISH AT THE TIME SEEING AS THE REMAINS OF A ROMAN ARTILLERY TRAINING AREA HAD BEEN DISCOVERED IN THE AREA.
THE FOUR OF US WERE DRESSED IN 1ST CENTURY ROMAN ARMOUR AND EQUIPMENT WITH ONE EXCEPTION, AND THAT WAS THE UNSTUDDED FOOTWEAR THAT WE HAD MADE FOR OCCASIONS SUCH AS THIS. I FOR ONE, CERTAINLY DO NOT BELIEVE THAT ANY ROMAN SOLDIER COULD OR WOULD, CLIMB OVER, AND UP SUCH RUGGED TERRAIN WEARING THE TRADITIONAL STUDDED CALIGAE. YET…. ON THE OTHER HAND, HOW DID CAESAR AND HIS TROOPS NIP UP AND OVER THE ALPS SO SWIFTLY AND SO FREQUENTLY?
THE ONLY PRACTICAL ANSWER I CAN COME UP WITH IS THAT THEY MUST HAVE BOUND THEIR FEET AND FOOTWEAR WITH STRIPS OF MATERIAL TO DAMPEN THE LETHAL TOBOGGANING EFFECTS OF THEIR IRON STUDS ON STONE. IT WAS CERTAINLY DIFFICULT ENOUGH WEARING THE UNSTUDDED CALIGAE….SMOOTH LEATHER SOLES ALSO NOT BEING THE BEST CLIMBING WEAR.
THE CLIMB WAS FILMED BY AN AMERICAN TELEVISION COMPANY FOR THE BEST PART OF THE WAY UP, INCLUDING OUR JOYOUS ARRIVAL AT THE PEAK.
WE HAD INTENDED TO BRING THE SCORPION DOWN BY TRAIN, BUT ALAS, THE LINE WAS NOT OPERATING THAT AFTERNOON DUE TO SNOW AND ICE ON THE TRACKS AT THE SUMMIT.…. SO UNFORTUNATLEY… WE HAD TO CARRY IT DOWN AS WELL. THE COMPLETE JOURNEY TOOK US 8 HOURS AND 23 MINUTES.

IT WAS CERTAINLY A LOT MORE DIFFICULT BRINGING IT DOWN THAN IT WAS CARRYING IT UP!
SO MUCH FOR THE PLANS OF MICE AND MEN.


4 DAY MARCH FOR CHARITY

HOPE AND HOMES FOR CHILDREN the winding wall early celtic romano helmet small fish RAF man RAF officer all three wear full armour our vexillum though made especially  for the RAF very boring sky is an international children's charity working
with orphaned and abandoned children
in Eastern Europe and Africa.

 

 

DESERTED CITY how many thousand more years will this arch stand evening sky roman standing arch ruins iron greave shield boss bronze belt scary face thinks.... Where is Allivs with that beer! moth

Dougga is well worth a visit for those with an interest in ancient atmosphere...

MARCVS DEEP IN THOUGHT, IN THE DESERTED CITY OF DOUGGA...ONE OF OVER 200 LOST ROMAN CITIES IN NORTH AFRICA.

 

shemagh... great for keeping out the heat bag full of usefull odds and ends seriously  tanned leg marching boots can you hear me white area lost coin

IN BATTLE SITUATIONS A CORNICEMTHE ROMAN CORNU BATTLE TRUMPET SIGNALLED TO THE TROOPS FROM A HIGH VANTAGE POINT.

ISSUING INSTRUCTIONS... THE SOUND BEING HEARD UP TO 2 MILES AWAY. This was the main way to control 5,000 soldiers of a Legion. Coded messages would signal to the men exactly what was needed of them. This gave the Romans an incredible advantage in battle over an enemy.

ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT FACTORS IN WARFARE IS THE COMPLETE CONTROL OF AN ARMY IN BATTLE.

The buccina and the cornu were used as signal instruments in the Roman army camp to sound the four night watches. The sound is very deep and travels much further than a higher pitch would.

lost coin 'no one could have got up that hill!' 'looks steep' compass cornu trumpet mossad spy? pugio... dagger cloak cingulum mainz style roman sword muscular legs bearskin ... warm in the winter... cool in the summer!

 

 

the long shadows of evening fall dugout canoe long shadow ye old vexillum unknown river? ice cream hut? crocodile...? crocodile nests!

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SALT OF THE DESERT helmet based on one on the arch of orange circa AD 10 muscle armour

CHECKING THE DUSTY TROOPS why did I say yes to this still looking good various pebbles no more Marcvs! wish I was back home Oh no... he is only going to inspect us now! good old shemagh dusty scutum red ant Quite a climb to go yet boys! concealed dagger! hiding scorpion cornu lighting design dedicated to Jupiter! spiky brush... first aid kit cloak shemagh... could not have continued without it! pila sharp end

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