Roman Reenactors at Carlisle Legio VIII Augusta & the Damonii
Carlisle Castle, 18th August 2001
Legio VIII Augusta
Another Outing for the Webmaster
Back in old Luguvalium (modern day Carlisle) the Romans and Celts were on the loose again. So I packed my camera and got on my way to find out what they were up to.
Carlisle Castle played host to the event. Here you see the impressive inner gate leading from the main courtyard to the inner keep.
The Legio VIII pitched its tents in the main courtyard of the castle. Sadly the ever popular health and safety official had them behind a fence for much of the time.
The Legio VIII reenactment group is by no means merely about military reenactment. they also have displays on civilian life.
Left: An example of Roman foods.
Right: A collection of Roman writing utensils.
Once more the Celtic reenactment group, the tribe of the Damonii, joined in too.
Clowning around between performances.
Left: a little casual archery competition between Celts and Romans.
Right: sorting things out - the ancient way !
An object of some considerable importance to the Legio VIII reenactors. A replica of a Roman shield boss engraved with 'Legio VIII AUG' found in the silt of the river Tyne in the north east of England.
The displays contain all manner of military exercises, including single combat. Meanwhile either a Roman lady, dressed in the traditional Roman stola and palla, or the chieftain of the Damonii, explain what is happening to the audience.
Two of the Damonii Celts show off their staff fighting skills. Believe me, things moved at high speeds here. These were experts who knew what they were doing.
Left: The Roman wedge formation, used to split the ranks of the enemy.
Right: The wedge in full charge !
Left: An immaculately performed pilum charge. The legionary advances ready to hurl his spear into the massed ranks of the enemy. Note how little of his body is visible. There is very little you can attack.
Centre: A Roman soldier with the equipment used in military training. A wicker shield and wooden sword.
Right: An example of a Roman legionary carrying his equipment; note the example of the leather bag afixed to a pole to help him carry some of his kit (its invention is ascribed by some to Marius).
Once more a big thank you to the Damonii Celts and the Legio VIII Augusta !