One piece of silver a fragment with palm trees on it and the letters alto-or alzo in it on the
Backside the letters xx.
Total fragment length 35 x 7 mm.
The normal in length size = 97 mm. What you can see with the paper intro picture (silver fragment of maybe one roman harness plate? I found it with the metal detector in the Dutch Roman period context. Only ..for many years now I find items of the Roman legion. For example legion denarius of Antonius - Roman soldiers brooches and so on.
My question to you the p.c. viewer and also a metal detectorman have you found pieces like these?
If yes please send an email to me if you now something about the silver item that i found. There's an imprint in it with this translation -----or letters------------------(alto----or also?) I have made a drawing in the line off this artefact the length is in the middle of this piece. When its in good and normal shape it's about 97 mm. On this silver fragment stands au fue palmtrees. And a roman imprint with the letters alto--or alzo.
Who can tell me more about this historical rare item?
On the backside off this item stands the imprint off xx. Can this maby stands for legion xx ( vitrix ) please give me your opinion about this (rare silver legiondary item.
What i now about this imprint name; alto is a province in Italy with the same name ------- Okay now is this one Roman silver harness artefact for a Sunday legion dress up? Or a high intelligent person maybe of a general of rang or higher.
Formed out of the legions of the late republic as part of Augustus' new standing army, the twentieth served on the western and northern frontiers - most notably in the suppression of the pannonian revolt of ad6-9 - before being posted to the Rhine in the aftermath of the clades variana. In ad43 it formed a part of Claudius' British invasion force and despite supplying troops for the continental ventures of emperors legitimate and otherwise on a number of occasions, as far as we know it never left. Its final end is unknown, the legion disappears from the historical and archaeological record at the end of the 3rd century.
The legion was stationed for much of its existence at Chester (or at least had Chester as its base - significant proportions were garrisoned elsewhere at various stages in its history). The city is famous for its walls, largely medieval in date but following the line of the roman walls on the north and east sides. The north wall particularly preserves a considerable amount of roman masonry and it was here in the late 19th century that a remarkable collection of legionary tombstones was discovered reused within the walling. These tombstones, a centrepiece of the Grosvenor museum, were the chief impetus to my epigraphic and prosopographic studies.
On this site you will find a history of the legion (still growing as i edit material down); a list of those known to have served with the legion, together with a searchable epigraphic index of sources; material on the legionary fortress at Chester and the other fortresses occupied by the legion; and a variety of studies on aspects of the history of the legion and the men who served in it.