On 23. and 24. September 2000 the grounds of the former Kohorten-Kastell Aalen were once again garrisoned by a large Roman force. Reenactors and historic societies from several European countries had accepted the invitation of the Limes-Museum at Aalen, and attended the annual Roman gathering there. The archealogical site was covered with military tents, civilian trade stands, and a variety of heavy military equipment. Roman craftsmen went about their work, some of which was sold to the audience on the spot. There was even a hairdresser who created the latest Roman hairstyles. Roman food and drink was available, but the small field kitchen ran out of supplies quickly, due to the enormous number of visitors. Anyone interested in Roman military life had ample time to talk to officers and legionnaires when they were off duty.
Participating Units and Reenactment Societies
- legio VI Victrix
- legio VIII Augusta
- legio XIII Gemina
- legio XI Claudia
- cohors II T.C.R.
- Römergruppe Pfünz
- Crafts and Trades
- Actors and Dancers
The Roman Camp at Kohorten-Kastell Aalen
Legions arriving at the training area
Legionnaires and auxiliary soldiers of the first detachment
Legionnaires and auxiliary soldiers of the second detachment
Auxiliary archers at the end of the column
The column approaches
The head of the column halted
The entire column halted
Legionnaires fanning out towards the audience
Officers and signifers mark the rally point
Following their drill exercises, the legionnaires practised a shieldwall attack against enemy archers. The auxiliary archers shot training arrows with blunt heads which still had an impressive impact on the shieldwall.
Legionnaires in line of battle
Shieldwall receiving the first volley of arrows
Shieldwall receiving the second volley; archers can be seen in the background
Shieldwall receiving a final volley of arrows prior to melee
Following the combat exercise, legionnaires of I. ROEMERKOHORTE OPLADEN demonstrated their Balista artillery, using light-weight wooden projectiles. This large catapult can throw heavy stone projectiles to a range of over 300 meters, but doing so would have caused serious damage to parked cars and nearby buildings.
Balista catapult of I. Roemerkohorte Opladen
Signifer, musician and centurio deployed at the Balista
Signifer, musician, optio and auxiliary soldier deployed at the Balista
Marching back to camp
The returning heroes are awaited in camp
|Kohorten-Kastell Aalen, Germany||N 48°50′10.3″||E010°04′56.6″||395 m|
|GPS waypoints in WGS-84 format, taken with a handheld GARMIN eTrex Summit Global Positioning System.|
The annual Roman gathering at Kohorten-Kastell Aalen is well worth a visit. Come and see it next year.