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Phalanx warfare: Closing of the ranks
"the Ashmolean museum, Britain, has a shoulder piece of composite leather/scale armour"

Is made from two thicknesses of (sheep or) goatskin with scales laced on, to use the term leather is misleading, a big old goatskin would be 2-3mm thick, looser then cow and is likely cured or tawed rather then tanned... its possible local conditions tanned it in the grave...

IMHO there can be no doubt that skin products were used in classical armour also possibly as a backing for embossed decoration, the problem is rather what kind of curing, tawing or tanning was used.... and to what extent...

"And the four bare walls stand on the seashore. a wreck a skeleton a monument of that instability and vicissitude to which all things human are subject. Not a dwelling within sight, and the farm labourer, and curious traveller, are the only persons that ever visit the scene where once so many thousands were congregated." T.Lewin 1867

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RE: Phalanx warfare: Closing of the ranks - by Crispianus - 09-14-2016, 11:06 AM

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