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Two iron pilum heads

 

Length: 55.000 cm
Length: 55.000 cm

P&EE 1892 9-1 1110-1111

Room 49: Roman Britain

    Two iron pilum heads

    Roman Britain, 1st century AD
    From the Roman fort site at Hod Hill, Dorset

    The pilum, or javelin was carried by legionary soldiers. It had a wooden shaft and an iron head giving a total length of about two metres. The small bolt-like tip was highly penetrating and the long slender iron shank, which was designed to buckle on impact, prevented it being re-used by the enemy.

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