Nan and Walt's 1999 - 2000 Sabbatical
Report #5, October 14, 1999

Richborough Fort

This is a really strange looking panorama of the ruins of this Roman Fort, until (?) you realize it's a 180 degree shot and the wall on each end is the SAME (!) wall.

       

This shot provides a little more typical view. Who's that Roman in the hand-stitched leather tent??

       

Walt and Peter are standing on the start of Whatling Street that goes all the way to London since Roman times while I'm grinding grain on a hand-made replica of a Roman grinding stone.

       

Oh, oh! Here comes the invaders!

This shot with the one to the right above shows the entire invasion force dressed as if they were Romans from the first century.

       

These re-enactments demonstrated training, battle tactics, and catapults. Here we see the "tortoise" used to approach a heavily defended wall. On the right we see an idol of the empirer which is ceremoniously worshiped.

       

The calvary in action!

       

I was fascinated with both this instrument, which was used to relay orders, and the use of animal skins in a decorative fashion by the "officers".

If you look closely, you'll see a depression in this hilltop. This is the site of the Richborough Coliseum. It's not very far from the fort; with a little more resolution, you'd be able to see one of the walls of the fort in the distance. It is located out in a farmer's field and is difficult to find unless you really know where it is. I'd tried to find it on an earlier trip, but did not succeed. Walt spoke to the right person!

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Nan C. Schaller
Rochester Institute of Technology
Computer Science Department
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Rochester, NY 14623-5608
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e-mail: ncs@cs.rit.edu
14 October 1999