The Roman Cavalry (Equitatus) - Auxilliary Shield (Doncaster - 1st Century AD)

The Roman Cavalry (Equitatus) - Auxilliary Shield (Doncaster - 1st Century AD)

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As Romans were never considered exceptionally good horsemen, and the role of the cavalry not as important in the Roman thought process, the Equitatus was generally made up of auxilliary, or non-Roman horsemen. While they would play an important part of Legionary tactics, the Roman Cavalry was considered secondary and would remain the weakest part of the Roman Army until the very late Imperial period. This model represents a shield belonging to one of these auxilliary cavalry units, the remains of which were found in 1971 at the site of a 1st century AD Roman Fort located at Doncaster, a large town in South Yorkshire, England. While the majority of auxilliary shields during this time period, both infantry and cavalry, were a long flat oval shape, the Doncaster Shield was a flat rectangular shape constructed of plywood with semicircular ends measuring 49" H x 26" w. The shield remains suggest the front was once covered with a brass decorative sheet used to give additional rigidity to the shieldboard, while the back of the shield was braced with a large iron bar / handgrip. #cavalry #Danum #Doncaster #legion #military #roman #Rome #shield #war
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