Roman cavalry arms and armour


After the invasion Roman soldiers remained in the town they called ‘Durovernum Cantiacorum’. Evidence for their presence includes decorative fragments from infantry and cavalry equipment or weaponry. Among these is

  • a very rare set of cavalry horse-harness fittings
  • buckles and belt fittings
  • ‘amulets’ or lucky charms, including phallic pendants
  • a chariot or carriage-wheel mount with eagle’s head.

There are also two rare Roman cavalry swords, evidence of a probable murder.

Military-style ditches, found near the later Norman castle, have been dated to the early Roman period through pottery, coins and brooches. They suggest that an early fort was built there, to control the River Stour crossing.


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