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  • There are parts of six suits of armour, there are large bundles of spears that have broken

  • off their shafts. There are tools and personal possessions. And what we think is that it

  • was a soldier who buried it. We know it was buried around the second quarter of the second

  • century. What we think is he was a soldier who in his secondary job is an armourer, and

  • he's packed these things up, presumably because he's going off somewhere. He's

  • not in a hurry as these things are absolutely amazingly well packed. They're wrapped up.

  • Presumably he's just been sent off and he think s he's coming back, otherwise he'd

  • take it with him.

  • Whereas I think Corbridge the fort was a place of orders, loyalty, structure, what I like

  • about the Corbridge Hoard is that it indicates a certain amount of individuality. Here is

  • a man who has hopes. He has hope to return. He is making plans beyond what his immediate

  • orders are.

  • The most famous and really the most important part of the Corbridge Hoard is all the armour,

  • the lorica segmentata, these curved segments. Before it was found in 1964, archaeologists

  • knew the Romans had this type of armour but only small fragments had been found so they

  • didn't understand how you put it on, how it was made, how it was repaired and how you

  • wore it in battle. But because so much was found and because the organic preservation

  • allowed them to see the leather straps that held the segments together, it was the first

  • time anybody was able to reconstruct a suit of this armour. And now if people find lorica

  • segmentata, it gets classified according to the three Corbridge types.

  • Here is an individual, presumably a soldier,

  • who isyes, he's got a job, he's a blacksmith and he's probably very good and

  • diligent at that job but he also has a social life as well. There's writing equipment

  • perhaps he wrote to members his family, perhaps still living at where he was posted

  • previouslyand there's also a tankard, and it's quite a large tankard, so this

  • leads me to conclude he probably had quite a lively social life.

  • The Corbridge Hoard really is phenomenally

  • important. It's among the most important finds in terms of Roman military history in

  • the Empire. It gave archaeologists so much information on this really key piece of equipment

  • that was vital to the empire expanding and its soldiers being protected.

  • The question I'd really like to answer is

  • why the owner of the Hoard never came back to retrieve it. We're in the realms of speculation

  • here but we might imagine that he marched off to war and never came back. Or else he

  • was probably posted to somewhere else in the Empire, perhaps just to the north on Hadrian's

  • Wall. This is essentially the life of a Roman soldier in a nutshell. He can make as many

  • plans for the future as he likes but ultimately he serves at the whim of his master, the Emperor.

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Uncovering The Corbridge Story: The Time Capsule

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