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TalkArchaeology Lunchtime Talk: Investigating the Caerleon Armour 2: The turn of the copper alloy objects

National Museum Cardiff
18 June 2014 , 1.05pm

Investigating the Caerleon Armour 2: The turn of the copper alloy objects

Evan Chapman, National Museum Wales

In one room of the Roman warehouse complex excavated at Caerleon in 2010 a scatter of iron fragments and copper alloy objects was uncovered amongst the layers of collapse and abandonment. So far most of the focus has been on the iron, the fragmentary remains of Roman plate armour (lorica segmentata) but recently completed conservation of the copper alloy objects suggests that they may be of equal significance.

This talk will reveal how painstaking investigative conservation work has produced, a surprising, but plausible, explanation for the rows of tiny copper alloy studs and the intriguing mount depicting a human face.

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