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‘Adventures in reconstructive archaeology:’ a last look (pics)

May 8, 2014

On Monday, students in Matthew Taylor’s classics class Ancient Warfare rounded out their adventures in reconstructive archaeology by practicing the testudo, a maneuver made famous by the legions of ancient Rome. The testudo—Latin for 'tortoise'—was used primarily for defense against missile weapons (here modeled by use of pool noodles, which proved ill-suited to the winds of Wisconsin).

cohort Matt Taylor 

The students were challenged to work out the most efficient way to form the testudo with replicas of the large 'scutum' of the Roman legionary, and compared their experience moving in this formation to our reconstructions of the Greek hoplite phalanx and Macedonian pike phalanx.