Skip to comments.How to feed an invading army thousands of miles from home
Posted on 02/04/2020 1:21:41 PM PST by SunkenCiv
Conquering Romans relied on resources from near and far to sustain their forces against the native tribes in Wales, according to new research by Cardiff University archaeologists...
Using strontium isotope analysis to analyse the bones of domestic animals from the fortress, the researchers identified a mix of sources. Significantly, the diverse pattern of results does not suggest a centralised supply chain from near or far ñ results that challenge existing theories.
While the majority of livestock are consistent with origins in the local area, analysis found that at least one quarter of the pigs, cattle and caprines (sheep/goats) originated outside southeast Wales, some from southern or eastern England while others could have come from as far away as southern Scotland or northern France.
Senior Lecturer in Roman Archaeology Dr Peter Guest, who led the latest discoveries at Caerleon - Britain's only undisturbed Roman legionary fortress, said: "Provisioning large concentrations of professional soldiers in Britain after the invasion in AD 43 was a major challenge for the Roman Empire. For the first time we can see that the invaders were sourcing livestock both locally and from considerable distances. How these supply networks operated remains unclear, but this study has important implications not only for understanding how the Roman army was sustained in Britannia but also the impact that provisioning the army had on the countryside, particularly around military sites."
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A book about the Roman frontiers cited research into the number of pack animals (donkeys and mules) the legions must have had along when Claudius ordered the conquest of Britain.
Experienced commanders concentrate on logistics.
So it has always been and ever will be.
The Romans fought the whales?
Probably a pretty good fight.
Id bet on the whales.
They fight dirty.
First you quarantine them.
Then you feed them.
Then you build a wall.
Then you deport them.
But it’s better if you can stop them from invading in the first place.
To the contrary, whales bathe every day. But they are know n to rock the boat.
They may be clean, but theyll shank you in a second!
Do they call the Romans Killer Romans?
Yeah, well they call those whales Killer Whales.
Not snugly whales.
Some of them are just blue.
You’re first I’m last
You’re thirst I’m asked to justify
Killing our last heaven beast
Don’t hunt the whale
This is research? Plundering the land around the invading army has how it’s been done for thousands of years.
Its bad enough that those mean Romans were picking fights with whales, but the whales were depressed, too?
That looks like poetry or song lyrics.
It doesnt rhyme, so it must be poetry.
Yes, I dont think its song lyrics.
It is from the song “Don’t Kill The Whale” from the album Tormato by Yes. A lot of people really don’t like Tormato, but I do.
Snap cards -all the illegal Mexicans have them here.
The Roman army always went flat out... /rimshot
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