ART MILITAIRE The Application of 17th Century Military Manuals to Conflict Archaeology

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The author uses contemporary accounts of military drill, as well as the more traditional accounts of battles, to interpret the battlefield debris (largely musket balls but also other finds) turned up by archaeology. Battlefield debris includes fired and unfired rounds and slug bullets fired against armoured targets; the dispersal pattern and the size of rounds indicates carbine and musket shot – using contemporary accounts to show the sorts of activities troops might be engaged in to produce this pattern of debris, the author suggests, for instance, that we can see Hazelrige’s attack on Bard’s regiment at Cheriton being supported by dragoons and forcing the Royalist line back – fascinating stuff.

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