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Calling all armchair generals! Boudica's Last Stand.
(12-05-2020, 11:03 PM)Owein Walker Wrote: What archaeological evidence are we looking for after 2000 years? What will satisfy everyone and what can we still hope to find?

Battlefield archaeological remains are notoriously elusive. As I've mentioned a couple of times on this thread, the known battle site at Cannae, where tens of thousands of Romans died, has so far produced not one bone fragment or hobnail, despite being in the middle of an archaeological park and carefully studied for decades.

Where remains do turn up, they are more likely in less cultivated locations like the Harzhorn in Germany, where the site would have lain undisturbed for many years after the battle. This is rather unlikely anywhere in south-eastern Britain.

Have said that, if we did find remains of this battle they might comprise hobnails, arrow heads, sling bullets, fragments of weapons and even scraps of armour that could be dated to the 1st century AD. As it happens, all of these items have turned up at the Newground site west of Tring, but in small numbers. The site would need a full archaeological investigation to determine anything further.

Remains of mass graves or cremation sites might also provide some pointers, but without metal finds that could be identified and dated they still wouldn't be conclusive.

As for satisfying everyone - I expect nothing short of a massive Latin inscription saying 'This is the Site of Boudica's Last Battle' would do it, and even then there would be dissenters!
Nathan Ross
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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 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
RE: Calling all armchair generals! Boudica's Last Stand. - by Nathan Ross - 12-06-2020, 01:30 PM

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