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Letavia - coastal patrol on the Tractus armoricani
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10 days ago we launch a coastal patrol to detect any germanic ship approaching the Tractus armoricani :wink:
Aim of the day was Lostmarc'h, a protohistoric promontory fort of the Crozon peninsula in Brittany. Some late roman burials hints to a possible reoccupation.

Let the photos speak by themselves.

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We met no saxon pirat but a strange creature coming from the ocean!
"O niurt Ambrois ri Frangc ocus Brethan Letha."
"By the strenght of Ambrosius, king of the Franks and the Armorican Bretons."
Lebor Bretnach, Irish manuscript of the Historia Brittonum.
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Agraes / Morcant map Conmail / Benjamin Franckaert
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#2
You must have made an impression on those Saxon raiders, because I can't see any ship out there... Big Grin
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#3
Quote:10 days ago we launch a coastal patrol to detect any germanic ship approaching the Tractus armoricani :wink:
Aim of the day was Lostmarc'h, a protohistoric promontory fort of the Crozon peninsula in Brittany. Some late roman burials hints to a possible reoccupation.

Let the photos speak by themselves.





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We met no saxon pirat but a strange creature coming from the ocean!
Well done! I see you managed to intercept the Saxon SF trying to infiltrate on their surf boards!

Seriously though, is that a fort ditch in the background of this picture?

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Visne partem mei capere? Comminus agamus! * Me semper rogo, Quid faceret Iulius Caesar? * Confidence is a good thing! Overconfidence is too much of a good thing.
[b]Legio XIIII GMV. (Q. Magivs)RMRS Remember Atuatuca! Vengence will be ours!
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#4
Not ditches, but yes it's the promontory fort.

You can see a part of the banks of the fort on this photo :wink:
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The stone structure is of much later date, probably remains of a modern era building.
"O niurt Ambrois ri Frangc ocus Brethan Letha."
"By the strenght of Ambrosius, king of the Franks and the Armorican Bretons."
Lebor Bretnach, Irish manuscript of the Historia Brittonum.
[Image: 955d308995.jpg]
Agraes / Morcant map Conmail / Benjamin Franckaert
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#5
So possibly this was a Venetii settlement seiged and sacked by Caesar? then fortified?
Visne partem mei capere? Comminus agamus! * Me semper rogo, Quid faceret Iulius Caesar? * Confidence is a good thing! Overconfidence is too much of a good thing.
[b]Legio XIIII GMV. (Q. Magivs)RMRS Remember Atuatuca! Vengence will be ours!
Titus Flavius Germanus
Batavian Coh I
Byron Angel
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#6
It's exactly the type of settlement described by Cesar. However it was not on the territory of the Veneti, but on the territory of the Osismi, another armorican tribe. Promontory forts (or their remains) are even more common on their territory.
"O niurt Ambrois ri Frangc ocus Brethan Letha."
"By the strenght of Ambrosius, king of the Franks and the Armorican Bretons."
Lebor Bretnach, Irish manuscript of the Historia Brittonum.
[Image: 955d308995.jpg]
Agraes / Morcant map Conmail / Benjamin Franckaert
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#7
Fantastic pictures. Did you get any funny 'looks' from walkers or tourists?

What kind of shield is that? The tiny rectangular blue one??
~ Paul Elliott

The Last Legionary
This book details the lives of Late Roman legionaries garrisoned in Britain in 400AD. It covers everything from battle to rations, camp duties to clothing.
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#8
Hi Paul, thanks you :wink:
Your walks and experimentations have been great sources of inspiration for us to do this.

Some people were quite amused by us. One woman even asked if we were involved in a hazing!


The small shield is a pictish shield, inspired by roman sculptures, one pictish carving and an iron age shield found at Clottouna, Ireland.
"O niurt Ambrois ri Frangc ocus Brethan Letha."
"By the strenght of Ambrosius, king of the Franks and the Armorican Bretons."
Lebor Bretnach, Irish manuscript of the Historia Brittonum.
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Agraes / Morcant map Conmail / Benjamin Franckaert
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#9
You don't say whether it was an enjoyable experience - but as you say the photographs seem to indicate that you did!
Will you do anything like this again?
~ Paul Elliott

The Last Legionary
This book details the lives of Late Roman legionaries garrisoned in Britain in 400AD. It covers everything from battle to rations, camp duties to clothing.
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#10
Sure! It was a fantastic experience in a wonderful landscape.
We already have several projects of other walks like this. Just waiting for a tad better weather Big Grin
"O niurt Ambrois ri Frangc ocus Brethan Letha."
"By the strenght of Ambrosius, king of the Franks and the Armorican Bretons."
Lebor Bretnach, Irish manuscript of the Historia Brittonum.
[Image: 955d308995.jpg]
Agraes / Morcant map Conmail / Benjamin Franckaert
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