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Roman back in history with Vicus society in Fishbourne

VISITORS stepped back in time to when Fishbourne Roman Palace was first built by visiting the Vicus encampment to find out more about daily life in Roman Britain.


The Vicus is an historical re-enactment society that portrays the Roman invasion of Britain in the 1st century AD, from the initial invasion of Claudius in 43 AD, though the revolt of Boudicca in 60-61 AD to the final battle against Roman rule at Mons Graupius in Scotland in 84 AD.


They portray military and civilian life for both the native iron-age tribes of Britain and the invading Roman Empire.


Children and adults alike could watch the soldiers at training and see who fares best in battle – the Celts or the Romans?


There were plenty of activities on offer all weekend, including trying your hand at military drill with the Vicus drill commander, a talk and demonstration of Celtic and Roman weapons and armour and Celts v Romans – pitting the native Britons against the invading Roman army!


There was also a chance for guests to try their hand at Iron Age warrior training and to see what life was like in Britannia at the time of the Roman invasion.


Property manager at Fishbourne Roman Palace, Katrina Burton, said: “Fishbourne Roman Palace hosted two days of exciting historical action bringing together Celts and Romans.


“The aim was to explore what life was like in this area nearly 2,000 years ago with demonstrations of domestic and military skills.


“There were battles between the Celts and Romans, as well as some more harmonious activities for visitors to join in with. It was really exciting to have Celts and Romans at Fishbourne Roman Palace.


“They were important to the history of Sussex and we often compare the differences in their lifestyles and wonder if they were really friends or foes.”

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