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Hello,
I read in Osprey's Late Roman Infantryman that the segementata is out of use by the late 3rd/ early 4th century. Scale and mail become the primary form of body armour, if armour is worn at all.

How long should a mail shirt for a 4th century auxilla in Britainnia be? Is there anything that makes it distinctively Roman?

For reenactment purposes, how to you all feel about butted mail?
By the 4th century there is little to distinguish Roman mail from, say, Celtic or German mail. Butted mail is a cheap alternative but needs to be considerably heavier than riveted mail. Better off saving for riveted if you intend to wear it for any length of time.