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Modern Marvels

Season 14 Episode 10

Barbarian Battle Tech

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Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Mar 07, 2007 on The History Channel
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Barbarian Battle Tech
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Barbarians and technology, maybe they're not such a contradiction after all. It's the bow that nearly brought down Rome, and the suspension system that revolutionized the chariot. Barbarians built the forts that held out invaders, and forged the axe that named a country. See inside the shop of one of the world's finest metal workers as he shapes iron ore into a classic Celtic sword. With 21st Century animation rebuild a 1600 year-old hill fort--and show that protecting a village was as easy as digging a ditch.moreless
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      • Celtic warriors often strode into battle completely naked. This prevented any clothing from being forced into the body, which might cause infection.

      • A world record for shooting an arrow was set in 1987 with a recurve bow. The arrow traveled of 4.000 feet, the length for more than 13 football fields.

      • When the French arrived in North America they brought the Fransisca throwing axe. It was the inspiration for a tomahawk design used by both Native Americans and colonists in French territory.

      • During the Anglo-Saxon period, carrying a seax was a sign of being a free man, as slaves were prohibited from bearing arms.

    • QUOTES (1)

      • Narrator: The fearsome arsenal wielded by history's outcasts, deceptively simple and ingeniously lethal. Weapons that stab, slash, terrorize and challenge a mighty empire. It's time to probe their intriguing secrets. Now: Barbarian Battle Tech, on Modern Marvels.

    • NOTES (1)

      • Commentators:

        Bryan Ward-Perkins
        Author, The Fall of Rome

        Dr. Kelly DeVries
        History Professor, Loyola College, Maryland

        Hector Cole
        Swordsmith

        Margaret Worthington, B.Ed.
        Archaeologist, Porth y waen Study Centre

        Mike Loades
        Chariot Expert

        Chris Boulton
        Regia Anglorum Living History Society

        Martin Knight
        Regia Anglorum Living History Society

        Kim Siddorn
        Regia Anglorum Living History Society

        Ralph Jackson
        Romana Britain Collection, British Museum

        Graham Ashford
        Ludus Gladiatorius Living History Society

        John Morgan
        Ludus Gladiatorius Living History Society

        Steve Ethridge
        Regia Anglorum Living History Society

        Nigel Amos
        Regia Anglorium Living History Society

        Kevin Cowley
        Regia Anglorium Living History Society

        Jamie Ferguson
        Game Designer, Creative Assembly

        James Russell
        Game Designer, Creative Assembly

        Mike Brunton
        Writer & Designer, Creative Assembly

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