Roman Armor

Morgan, Neil
February 2005
Advanced Materials & Processes;Feb2005, Vol. 163 Issue 2, p31
Academic Journal
The article presents information about a sample of iron excavated from the floor of the armory workshop at the Vindolanda site in Chesterholme, England. It is presumed to be from a piece of Lorica Segmenta, the articulated body armor worn by Roman foot soldiers almost 2000 years ago. The micrograph reveals a structure of pearlite and ferrite at prior austenite grain boundaries, as well as within the grains themselves. The specimen was etched in a standard 2% Nital solution of 98% ethanol and 2% nitric acid.


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