The photo shows legionnaires of legio VIII Augusta during the Roman encampment at Aalen. The legionnaires and auxiliary soldiers of this unit had built a picket-fence around their camp, using the sharpened palisade stakes carried by each Roman infantryman. The narrow streets between tent rows were used to display lorica segmentata body armour, helmets, shields, pila, field signs, and other equipment items which were of interest to the visiting public. Two Scorpio catapults covered the entrance to the camp, and there were legionnaires at hand who answered many questions about Roman camp life and about the catapults in particular. Legio VIII Augusta was garrisoned at Argentoratum (Strassbourg, France).
- Römertage im Kohorten-Kastell Aalen, 23.-24.09.2000
Shields and pila in front of the leather tents of legio VIII Augusta
Round shield, helmets and lorica segmentata body armour
Scorpio, small catapult
View of the camp at Aalen
The field kitchen at Aalen
Fence made of palisade stakes and rope
Legio VIII Augusta participates in historic reenactments and other events during the summer months.