Wednesday, March 24, 2010

[Resources] Linen Armor

The Archaeological Institute of America recently reported in a study that Alexander the Great and his men used a similar armor to modern Kevlar, made of laminated linen called linothorax.

This armor was "probably composed of either quilted fabric layers or laminated layers of fabric using animal-based glue (such as rabbit skin glue)."

Dr. Gregory Aldrete and Scott Bartell wrote in a recent paper that "a 1 cm thick linothorax, usually consisting of around 11 to 18 layers (depending on thickness of thread), would have provided all the necessary protection to its wearer in order to survive an arrow or slashing attack."

Pretty cool. I'm probably going to include this armor in my next game.

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