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Invasion of the Roman army in city

The Roman army invaded the site at Fishbourne Roman Palace and Gardens at the weekend.


The venue was brought to life as the leading Roman re-enactment society, The Ermine Street Guard, invoked the furore of the Roman battle for Britain.


Impressive displays of weaponry, warfare and battle tactics were on display at 12 noon and 3pm on both days, along with a range of interactive experiences.


Visitors were able to discover the remedies used to treat everything from sore, marching feet to battle wounds and challenge an opponent at Tabula, a game the Roman soldiers played during their spare time.


There were hands-on activitites including making phalera, a medal worn by soldiers on their chest, sending a message using Roman signals and tasting the food that kept the soldiers sustained and ready for battle.


The recent ‘Rotten Romans’ film highlights life in Roman times but visitors were able to discover for themselves if they really were rotten.


The events allowed visitors to travel back 2,000 years to find out how a Roman soldier would have been trained, watching the firing of artillery pieces, trying on wonderful, authentic replica armour and wandering round a Roman army camp display and chatting with soldiers. There were also visits to the Roman traders and find out all about hair and beauty of the period.


Melanie Marsh, property manager, said:


“Fishbourne Roman Palace was invaded by Roman soldiers at the weekend.


“The Ermine Street Guard set up camp in the Palace gardens to talk to visitors and carry out impressive displays of their weaponry and warfare. Visitors gathered to see the soldiers at training and watch them firing their ballista and onager catapults.”


The palace dates back to the beginning of Roman occupation in Britain and offers visitors of all ages a unique chance to look back in time.


Discovered in 1960, the north wing of this remarkable building remains an important visitor attraction and archaeological site for anyone interested in learning more about Roman art and architecture.


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