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Winter in Roman Britain

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:D With Britain suffering its bleakest winter for over 30 years Archaeologist & Historian James Balme ventures out into the snowfields of Cheshire to take a look at how life may have been for the Iron Age & Roman people who lived in the area during the 1st & 2nd centuries. The Roman army pushed north in their determination to complete the conqest of Britain & even the bleakest winter conditions was not going to stop them in their pursuit of success .......

 

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=je45trNDenM

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Makes you think eh :wink:

 

PS did you know that when you speak on your films you tend to use a very similar 'tune' in your voice each time. :D I can now sing it for you if you like :lol::P

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Have we any evidence on winter clothing Indy? All the representations I've seen, show Roman soldiers with three-quarter trousers and bare feet inside sandals - which means they could get frost bitten toes? :?

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Have we any evidence on winter clothing Indy? All the representations I've seen, show Roman soldiers with three-quarter trousers and bare feet inside sandals - which means they could get frost bitten toes? :?

 

The Vindolanda tablets mention subligata which have been interpreted as "underpants", but could be better described as "underwear" ie including undershirts.

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..... but did they wear socks? I've heard tales of straw or bits of sheep's hide wool being used to keep tuttsies warm - but not Roman socks, btw anyone know who invented socks? :?

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Don't know about the Romans, but I do remember seeing a pair of knitted socks in the V&A. Egyptian and from something like 300AD, but the thing that made me sigh was that they had a divided toe so they could be WORN WITH SANDALS! Nothing ever really changes, eh? :lol:

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Or four empty lager cans and someone taking a leak on the Sphinx!! :lol:

 

Bet there's also a frieze in a pyramid somewhere showing a 300AD German rushing out at dawn to throw his towel over the best camel! :lol::lol:

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