YOU KNOW YOU'RE AN ANCIENT REENACTOR WHEN....

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Re: YOU KNOW YOU'RE AN ANCIENT REENACTOR WHEN....

Postby Denis Grabow on November 6th, 2016, 4:04 pm

You might be an ancient reenactor when:

You recognize a roman centurio you meet maybe once a year, by his feather plumed helmet decoration, in a documentary on TV about archeology in Germany.
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Re: YOU KNOW YOU'RE AN ANCIENT REENACTOR WHEN....

Postby Patrick Duerr on November 6th, 2016, 11:55 pm

You might be an ancient reenactor if...
-your cloak is a better option for covering yourself and your backpack when it's a rainy day on campus.
-you find that your bog shoes do very well for country dancing.
-you walk into fencing club with a full-sized battle-worn Celtic shield and try to get them to start a new branch.
-you plan your semesters out so that you can catch the next class on Greek and Roman history.
-you've ever paid for membership or kit items with home brewed alcoholic bevvies.
-you befriend your French professor over a conversation about Asterix and Obelix.
-you prefer winingas over modern snow trousers.
(just a few examples from the past year...)
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Re: YOU KNOW YOU'RE AN ANCIENT REENACTOR WHEN....

Postby Edwin Deady on November 7th, 2016, 4:18 am

You go to a Reenactors fair and not only do you know you know people but need the clue of a robe or something etc to realise where you met them before but you chat to perfect strangers and talk the same language. You can say, for example, hand a half and don't need to say the word sword as well.
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Re: YOU KNOW YOU'RE AN ANCIENT REENACTOR WHEN....

Postby Denis Grabow on June 2nd, 2017, 4:18 pm

You might be a (bad) ancient reenactor when,

you get complimented on the wonderfully hand stitched seams of your tunic, but you reply it's machine stitched, you are just too inept in handling the machine to get a straight seam.

You can actually instruct some archeologist on the use/way to wear of a piece of equipment because you have practical experience whereas the archeologist only ever saw the piece sitting on a table. (Not exactly me that did it, but I was present. The archeologist was quite excited.
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Re: YOU KNOW YOU'RE AN ANCIENT REENACTOR WHEN....

Postby Edwin Deady on June 11th, 2017, 3:21 am

I remember the first time an archaeologist first handled a flint knife with a proper handle to the blade. Revalation to him.
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Re: YOU KNOW YOU'RE AN ANCIENT REENACTOR WHEN....

Postby Denis Grabow on September 13th, 2017, 1:08 pm

... while at the annual medieval festival, you wonder what period that weird black robed guy represents or whether he is doing a fantasy/LARP impression, only to notice on the second look that he is the parishes catholic priest in his 'uniform'.
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Re: YOU KNOW YOU'RE AN ANCIENT REENACTOR WHEN....

Postby Dru Durman on January 3rd, 2018, 9:25 am

Denis Grabow wrote:You can actually instruct some archeologist on the use/way to wear of a piece of equipment because you have practical experience whereas the archeologist only ever saw the piece sitting on a table.


Actually kinda had this happen to me. Visiting the British Museum having arranged a visit to the back rooms to investigate swords and chatting with the last curator of the IA section, who's speciality was jewellery. During conversation he expresses the opinion that torcs would only be worn for ceremonial occasions because they'd be too uncomfortable to wear all the time.

I opened my shirt collar to show the torc I used to wear at all times.

"Ah..."

*lol*
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Re: YOU KNOW YOU'RE AN ANCIENT REENACTOR WHEN....

Postby Angus M on January 4th, 2018, 7:27 am

Similarly, archaeologists declared that a small chamber built into the wall of a broch beside the doorway must be for a man to crouch there holding a spear to guard the doorway of the broch. Try that for two minutes and see how sore your back gets. However, if you keep a dog you can recognise a place which suits dogs. The broch's dogs would use the chamber as a kennel, and guard the doorway. Being familiar with everyone who lived there they would recognise that strangers approaching were perhaps up to no good, and thus the faithful hounds would alert the human inhabitants. Obviously the archaeologists who came up with the "man crouching with a spear all day" theory did not keep a dog.
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Re: YOU KNOW YOU'RE AN ANCIENT REENACTOR WHEN....

Postby Edwin Deady on January 4th, 2018, 9:56 am

Early in the year to be so logical. Makes perfect sense as a watch dog kennel.Despite the name I suspect that they did not have guard badgers.
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Re: YOU KNOW YOU'RE AN ANCIENT REENACTOR WHEN....

Postby Angus M on January 5th, 2018, 5:45 am

Cry "Havoc" and let slip the small furry woodland creatures of War! Release the badgers!

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Re: YOU KNOW YOU'RE AN ANCIENT REENACTOR WHEN....

Postby Denis Grabow on January 9th, 2018, 6:28 pm

Dru Durman wrote:I opened my shirt collar to show the torc I used to wear at all times.

"Ah..."

*lol*


Good one. *grins* I don't wear my torc all the time, it does get in the way a bit and looks weird on a t shirt. But people can get used to a lot of things. I mean, who puts on a tie and suit jacket of their own free will in the high of summer? There are enough businessmen that have to. And they get used to it as well.
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