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Building talk / Re: Civilian area
« Last post by William on July 16, 2014, 07:50:28 PM »
Let's get something built first. 
Building talk / Re: Civilian area
« Last post by Decimvs on July 13, 2014, 06:21:16 PM »
I was more thinking the civilians would do their own stuff... Really, it would be better, _I_ think for us just to help them. What are your thoughts there?

As to a bigger area... probably years down the road. So much to do here.
Building talk / Re: Civilian area
« Last post by William on July 13, 2014, 04:31:29 PM »
We have our hands full building the fort for now. In conjunction with the fort will be a training camo with pells, achery and sling range.  We can even build up a d level out some mounds to put artillery on it and set up an artillery range.   

Any civillian things would be outside the fort.  The civie stuff would be the last thing we do, after building small fortified Celt village, maybe a Celt for to lay siege too.

The civie stuff ... a caupona and some stalls that can be filled with artisans, etc.  Blacksmith, potter, herbalist, doctor, soothsayer,, doctor, dentist, etc.,  Indian cheif. The sky is the limit depemding on who we can get to what.  If this does get bigger as a public event, we will likely be able to move to the area Mike had reserved for the MD Renn Faire.  If so, that would mean a bigger fort, more covie, etc.  Then we can talk gladiators and so forth.  Possible but for now a pie in the sky until, we really show Mike.  That means getting enough people to participate and come to our events, contribute time and resources to make this first phase happen.

If we build enough of this to het Rusty involved and to have him want to really get behind it, in addition to his events and Clash of Iron, this will take off.  But I think his time and help will be important once we get this built and events set up. 
The Public Forum / New Recruits
« Last post by Decimvs on July 13, 2014, 12:32:07 PM »
Are you Bored?
In need of a new time period or project?
Feeling less than, shall we say, manly?
Legio IX Hispana is recruiting new members. Are you interested in Rome? Do you want to DO THINGS besides displays? Then perhaps Legio IX is for you. Look over the site and if it sounds like something you're interested in, go ahead and let our recruiting team know here.

We try to do our recruiting a bit more gently than the traditional recruiting method:

Building talk / Civilian area
« Last post by Decimvs on July 11, 2014, 12:03:22 PM »
What are thoughts on civilian things for the site? If it becomes public, there certainly would be some interest...  yoy
Roman Events / Immersion/Work Party
« Last post by gaius vorenus on July 10, 2014, 09:15:12 AM »
New or prospective member immersion event scheduled. Begins 9:30 AM through Saturday night to Sunday morning. Please bring what you have of your kit for evaluation and suggestions for improvement. There will be some work on the Castra.

Everyone, due to Mike's schedule, we will NOT have a work weekend or immersion event during July. However, I did schedule an immersion event for August 2nd. We will need to do some work Saturday morning - i.e. Mike will use his 4 wheeler to move our tree trunks from the woods to the site (modern clothes suggested). These will be used for posts and the basic frame and foundation of the Castra. I am pushing for us to get our posts in the ground (Mike teases me about this, but I think it important. I do not know if we can do this yet, as we have to get the posts to the Castra site.

WE ALL need to understand this is a "work in progress" and the only way it will get done is for us to work on it as we can. It is the difference between months, or even years, to accomplish it.

We will take a break early afternoon to set up our camp and to change into our kits.

We need as much participation as possible for the following reasons; 1) to demonstrate to Mike our commitment to the project; 2) we need some help, other than the same two or three of us who continually show up.

New members, or possible members, are encouraged to show up with as much of their stuff as they have. These members will have their kit evaluated, suggestions about getting their kit together, basic drill commands, etc.

The afternoon session will include everyone.  There will be an overnight camp out. The hope is we will sit around the campfire and talk eat Roman style food and get to know each other.

Please let me know if you plan to attend to help us to plan food, water, etc.
Books and Reference Materials / Did Lead Poisoning Bring Down Ancient Rome?
« Last post by Caesar on July 04, 2014, 11:46:35 AM »
When in ancient Rome, don’t drink as the Romans do. High-born Romans sipped beverages cooked in lead vessels and channeled spring water into their homes through lead pipes (pictured). Some historians argue that lead poisoning plagued the Roman elite with diseases such as gout and hastened the empire's fall. Now, a team of archaeologists and scientists has discovered just how contaminated Roman tap water was.

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(Newser) – The ancient Romans were so skilled at making concrete that breakwaters poured more than 2,000 years ago are still doing fine. The modern stuff? Give it 50 years before it starts eroding in seawater. Now, however, scientists think they've figured out how the Romans did it—and the findings could make today's concrete not only much stronger but more environmentally friendly, reports Bloomberg Businessweek. The Roman formula involves a combination of volcanic ash and lime that modern concrete lacks, and it uses a different "glue" to hold the components of concrete together, say researchers at the Berkeley Lab. (The resulting compound is "calcium-aluminum-silicate-hydrate" for the technical-minded.)
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Books and Reference Materials / Crazy Shipwreck Find: 2K-Year-Old Roman Food?
« Last post by Caesar on July 04, 2014, 11:33:08 AM »
(Newser) – A 2,000-year-old shipwreck discovered off the coast of Italy could yield a pretty neat find: jars of preserved food from ancient Rome. Divers launched a search near Varazze, a town in the province of Liguria, after more than 80 years of reports from fishermen that they were bringing up Roman pottery shards and artifacts in their nets. The divers believe the wreck is a Roman-era commercial vessel from between the first century BC and the first century AD, and it's extremely well preserved thanks to protective mud on the seabed, the BBC reports. "The peculiarity of this is that the wreck could be almost intact," the commander of the police divers' group says.

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Books and Reference Materials / Pompeii Walls Crumble Under Rain and Red Tape
« Last post by Caesar on July 04, 2014, 11:26:41 AM »
An emergency meeting has been called for tomorrow by Italy’s culture minister after a series of collapses this weekend have raised concerns about the fate of the ancient Roman city of Pompeii.

Preserved under volcanic ash from a devastating eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 A.D., and rediscovered in the 18th century, Pompeii is now crumbling — threatened by red tape and heavy rain.

An arch supporting the Temple of Venus, the Roman goddess of beauty, crumbled during a rainstorm on Saturday, followed by the collapse on Sunday of the wall of a tomb around 5.5 feet high and 11.5 feet long in the necropolis of Porta Nocera and another wall about 8 feet high and 13 feet long in Via di Nola, the major road.

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