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Calling all armchair generals! Boudica's Last Stand.
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Prof Aldhouse-Green

kicked off with a general overview of Boudica, didn’t really challenge her existence in a meaningful way, just posed the question, then fled to Cardiff before the action. Needs help with Powerpoint graphics.

Martin Wilson
of “Roman Mancetter” and Souterrain (http://www.souterrain.biz/About%20us.htm) briefed on current site interpretations primarily of the Fort. Interesting comments on revisions of Webster’s certainties. Audience question “Is there any evidence of a battle at Mancetter?” reply “There is no evidence of a battle at Mancetter”.

Prof Hingley,
told the story of Boudicca through history, the bomb shell was, maybe she was from the Brigantine Royal Household. Still optimistic the battle site will be found and a lot will be learnt from it.

Steve Kaye,
presented his fantastic papers;
http://www.bandaarcgeophysics.co.uk/arch...rrain.html
http://www.bandaarcgeophysics.co.uk/arch...stics.html
http://www.bandaarcgeophysics.co.uk/arch...ps_uk.html
Steve makes the case for a 9 litre consumption threshold per soldier and against the cavalry dash. Papers well received. Of particular note was his water threshold graph on marching camps. A suggestion from my audience neighbour (Chris Rowe?) was that he should test the access to water theory against known battle sites, Bosworth, Naseby, Towton etc. which seems a good way forward. A spirited case was made in favour of the cavalry dash by Ian Dexter of the Battlefields Trust.
(Steve please jump in and put me right, we need you back)

Mancetter – Alan Cook,
Alan was AWOL, research framework regarding soil chemistry was outlined by Margaret Hughes (Conference organiser). Seems inconclusive, a quality hand out was distributed. Concluding para reads;
“Alan Cook’s report has not yet been circulated beyond a small group of historians and archaeologists, so far meeting with mixed reactions.”

High Cross – John Waite
John did a verbal only presentation so no maps and diagrams, position of his book is retained with additional photographic material on his poster sourced from a Cambridge Uni aerial survey. This is John;
http://johnwaite64.wix.com/roman-soldier

Clifton on Dunsmore – Kerry Sullivan and Chris Kinsella
Kerry did a good verbal presentation but again not supported by maps and diagrams. The material in the posters was clear and informative. Chris and Kerry are on here so they can expand where they see fit.

Arbury Banks – Grahame Appleby
Graham focussed on the campaign timeline, concluded with Arbury Banks but was by no means vociferous in his defence of the site. A very clear and informed panellist for the forum.

Church Stowe – John Pegg
A fast talking, blur of words and images that left the audience in something resembling a coma, which I took to be a good sign. Audience input included Weedon and Stowe denoting a holy place may hint at the earlier existence of a temple or victory monument.

Cuttle Mill – Martin Marix Evans
Text poster distributed, no variation on known position.

Dunstable – Barry Horne
Poster distributed. Valley located near Manshead Middle School, time line of revolts 20 days total.

Forum.
I almost lost my temper as what could have been a great discussion, regarding more detail on each of the sites, descended into another “he might have said she might have said” about the 200 words of Tacitus…. concluded that the topic hasn’t and cannot move forward because most of those involved just want to play with words and have unsubstantiated opinions about long dead, maybe fictional, characters….can we just get the maps out instead, please.

Papers will be published, PM me if you’d like more detail on any points.
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Re: Calling all armchair generals! - by Ensifer - 03-11-2010, 03:13 PM
Re: Calling all armchair generals! Boudica\'s Last Stand. - by Steve Kaye - 02-18-2012, 06:26 PM
Re: Calling all armchair generals! Boudica\'s Last Stand. - by Steve Kaye - 02-19-2012, 12:02 AM
Re: Calling all armchair generals! Boudica\'s Last Stand. - by Steve Kaye - 02-19-2012, 02:50 PM
Re: Calling all armchair generals! Boudica\'s Last Stand. - by Steve Kaye - 02-19-2012, 05:40 PM
Re: Calling all armchair generals! Boudica\'s Last Stand. - by Steve Kaye - 02-19-2012, 11:26 PM
Re: Calling all armchair generals! Boudica\'s Last Stand. - by Steve Kaye - 04-24-2012, 05:11 PM
Re: Calling all armchair generals! Boudica\'s Last Stand. - by Steve Kaye - 04-24-2012, 09:42 PM
Re: Calling all armchair generals! Boudica\'s Last Stand. - by Steve Kaye - 04-24-2012, 10:10 PM
Re: Calling all armchair generals! Boudica\'s Last Stand. - by Steve Kaye - 04-25-2012, 03:11 PM
Re: Calling all armchair generals! Boudica\'s Last Stand. - by Steve Kaye - 04-25-2012, 03:25 PM
Re: Calling all armchair generals! Boudica\'s Last Stand. - by Steve Kaye - 04-25-2012, 08:36 PM
Re: Calling all armchair generals! Boudica\'s Last Stand. - by Steve Kaye - 04-26-2012, 02:57 PM
Re: Calling all armchair generals! Boudica\'s Last Stand. - by Steve Kaye - 04-27-2012, 01:50 PM
Re: Calling all armchair generals! Boudica\'s Last Stand. - by Steve Kaye - 08-05-2012, 02:24 PM
Calling all armchair generals! Boudica\'s Last Stand. - by John1 - 07-01-2013, 12:48 PM
Calling all armchair generals! Boudica\'s Last Stand. - by antiochus - 11-07-2014, 02:18 PM
Calling all armchair generals! Boudica\'s Last Stand. - by antiochus - 11-08-2014, 01:50 AM
Calling all armchair generals! Boudica\'s Last Stand. - by antiochus - 11-11-2014, 02:03 AM
Calling all armchair generals! Boudica\'s Last Stand. - by antiochus - 11-18-2014, 07:54 AM
Calling all armchair generals! Boudica\'s Last Stand. - by antiochus - 11-20-2014, 02:37 AM
Calling all armchair generals! Boudica\'s Last Stand. - by antiochus - 11-25-2014, 08:29 AM

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