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Women Warriors From Amazon Fought For Britain's Roman Army
The Times (UK) ^ | 12-22-2004 | Lewis Smith

Posted on 12/22/2004 10:29:18 AM PST by blam

December 22, 2004

Women warriors from Amazon fought for Britain's Roman army

By Lewis Smith

THE remains of two Amazon warriors serving with the Roman army in Britain have been discovered in a cemetery that has astonished archaeologists. Women soldiers were previously unknown in the Roman army in Britain and the find at Brougham in Cumbria will force a reappraisal of their role in 3rd-century society.

The women are thought to have come from the Danube region of Eastern Europe, which was where the Ancient Greeks said the fearsome Amazon warriors could be found.

The women, believed to have died some time between AD220 and 300, were burnt on pyres upon which were placed their horses and military equipment. The remains were uncovered in the 1960s but full-scale analysis and identification has been possible only since 2000 with technological advances.

The soldiers are believed to have been part of the numerii, a Roman irregular unit, which would have been attached to a legion serving in Britain. Other finds show that their unit originated from the Danubian provinces of Noricum, Pannonia and Ilyria which now form parts of Austria, Hungary and the former Yugoslavia.

(Excerpt) Read more at timesonline.co.uk ...


TOPICS: News/Current Events; United Kingdom
KEYWORDS: amazon; ancientautopsies; archaeology; army; britains; fought; ggg; godsgravesglyphs; history; militarywomen; roman; romanempire; sarmatians; scythia; scythian; scythians; warriors; women
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1 posted on 12/22/2004 10:29:21 AM PST by blam
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To: blam
Women Warriors From Amazon Fought For Britain's Roman Army

Amazon.com was around back then? (c8

2 posted on 12/22/2004 10:30:52 AM PST by Poohbah (God must love fools. He makes so many of them...)
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To: SunkenCiv
GGG Ping.


3 posted on 12/22/2004 10:31:08 AM PST by blam
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To: blam
Women warriors from Amazon fought for Britain's Roman army

South America? How'd they get to Britain?

4 posted on 12/22/2004 10:31:58 AM PST by Tax-chick (Jesus is the reason for the season which begins at sundown on December 24.)
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To: blam

Does Jeff Bezos know about this?


5 posted on 12/22/2004 10:32:31 AM PST by rahbert
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To: Tax-chick
How'd they get to Britain?

Same way the coconut halves King Arthur's squire was clapping together got there...obviously carried there by a sparrow.

6 posted on 12/22/2004 10:32:56 AM PST by Poohbah (God must love fools. He makes so many of them...)
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To: blam

Yeah well go to any mall this time of year and you'll see that those fearsome amazon warriers are still alive and battling to this very day!~}


7 posted on 12/22/2004 10:33:31 AM PST by funkywbr
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To: blam
However, the unit came from the area where the Ancient Greeks placed the origin of women warriors called Amazons.

NOT from South America...

8 posted on 12/22/2004 10:33:36 AM PST by 2banana (They want to die for Islam and we want to kill them)
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To: Poohbah

Well duh, where's my brain today?!


9 posted on 12/22/2004 10:34:59 AM PST by Tax-chick (Jesus is the reason for the season which begins at sundown on December 24.)
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To: blam
Xena and Gabrielle? Nooooooooooo!
10 posted on 12/22/2004 10:35:39 AM PST by 50sDad ( ST3d - Star Trek Tri-D Chess! http://my.oh.voyager.net/~abartmes)
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To: blam

Are they sure these weren't just some camp followers polishing some soldiers sword ?


11 posted on 12/22/2004 10:35:43 AM PST by Squantos (Be polite. Be professional. But, have a plan to kill everyone you meet. )
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To: Xenalyte

I just had to ping ya.


12 posted on 12/22/2004 10:36:31 AM PST by Constitution Day
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To: Tax-chick
Women warriors from Amazon fought for Britain's Roman army

Hey, they just worked for Amazon on the weekends! Duh!

13 posted on 12/22/2004 10:36:38 AM PST by 50sDad ( ST3d - Star Trek Tri-D Chess! http://my.oh.voyager.net/~abartmes)
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To: Tax-chick

The old Chunnel.......


14 posted on 12/22/2004 10:36:40 AM PST by Squantos (Be polite. Be professional. But, have a plan to kill everyone you meet. )
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To: Poohbah

African or European?


15 posted on 12/22/2004 10:37:12 AM PST by 50sDad ( ST3d - Star Trek Tri-D Chess! http://my.oh.voyager.net/~abartmes)
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To: Squantos

Unless the men liked women dressed in armor . . . and also awarded them full military honors in burial, it sounds unlikely.


16 posted on 12/22/2004 10:39:22 AM PST by MeanWestTexan
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To: blam
The women are thought to have come from the Danube region of Eastern Europe

This is code for: "They hadn't shaved their underarms".

17 posted on 12/22/2004 10:39:43 AM PST by scouse
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To: Poohbah
..obviously carried there by a sparrow.

Mandatory Python related A Møøse once bit my sister ... BTTT

18 posted on 12/22/2004 10:40:31 AM PST by Pilsner
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To: 50sDad; Xenalyte
Xena and Gabrielle? Nooooooooooo!

If you are going to discuss her it is good manners to ping her.

19 posted on 12/22/2004 10:41:48 AM PST by af_vet_1981
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To: blam
Women warriors from Amazon fought for Britain's Roman army

Misleading headline. Women of "high status" were found buried with some military equipment. Doesn't mean they were warriors or fought--may have been just protocol or else they were military leaders like Queen Boudica or Golda Meir; i.e. in charge based on their position but in no way actually doing the fighting. Every time a female is found buried anywhere near some armor or a sword, this kind of nonsense about women warriors comes out.

As for the location of the original Amazons, just remember that the same writing describing them also described Medusa and the Minotaur.

20 posted on 12/22/2004 10:41:55 AM PST by mark502inf
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