History Prof. Gregory S. Aldrete of the Humanistic Studies faculty is just back from London and an international conference called “Greek and Roman Armor Day,” hosted by the University of London and sponsored by the Hellenic and Roman Societies. He spoke about the UW-Green Bay Linothorax Project and displayed a reconstructed suit of lightweight linen armor of the type that helped Alexander’s armies dominate the ancient world. The half dozen speakers were from England, Scotland, the U.S., Germany, the Netherlands, and Israel. They addressed effectiveness, production, wearability, enemy tactics and weapons, and developments over time.
The new issue of Ancient Warfare magazine just came out and contains an article on the UW-Green Bay Linothorax Project, which confirmed the effectiveness of the lightweight linen armor that gave Alexander the Great’s armies a great military advantage. The article is “Reconstructing and Testing Ancient Linen Body Armor,” by Gregory S. Aldrete, alumnus Scott Bartell and Alicia Aldrete. Ancient Warfare is published in the Netherlands and is the most widely read journal on ancient warfare and is especially popular among re-enactors. The magazine’s website is www.karwansaraypublishers.com/cms/karwansaray/ancient-warfare/about.html. Read the Linothorax article.
Here’s an update on the continuing TV exposure for Prof. Greg Aldrete’s Linothorax Project, in which he and his UW-Green Bay students demonstrated that ancient Greek warriors enjoyed a tactical advantage with armor made of reinforced, lightweight linen. A number of American and international TV networks have filmed documentary segments; the latest aired last week on the series Museum Secrets carried by the Canadian network History Television. (The episode could also air eventually on an American network.) The show took viewers to the Athens National Museum and also to Green Bay, where the researchers, in the face of bronze-tipped arrows, demonstrated the effectiveness of their re-created linen armor. See promotional info for the show.
Additionally, Aldrete reports the book manuscript presenting the research from the Linothorax Project has just finished the peer review process and has been formally accepted for publication by Johns Hopkins University Press. The research has already been published as a chapter in a European volume on experimental archeology. For details, click here.
For a 2011 news bureau video on the project, click here.
Prof. Greg Aldrete of Humanistic Studies reports the book manuscript presenting the research from the Linothorax Project has just finished the peer review process and has been formally accepted for publication by Johns Hopkins University Press. Unraveling the Linothorax Mystery: Reconstructing and Testing Ancient Linen Armor was written by Aldrete, former student and UW-Green Bay graduate Scott Bartell, and Alicia Aldrete. Additionally, newly in print is the project’s first major scholarly publication. A chapter titled “The UW-Green Bay Linothorax Project: Reconstructing and Testing Ancient Linen Body Armor” appears in the book, Experimentelle Archäologie in Europa, from the German publisher Oldenbourg Verlag. The publication is the result of a major conference on experimental archaeology that took place in Berlin, at which the UW-Green Bay team presented a poster.
Prof. Greg Aldrete’s innovative research with linen armor got some quality airtime Wednesday (Nov. 9) when it was featured on the Discovery Channel program “Penn & Teller Tell a Lie.” The show takes seemingly outrageous claims and backs them up with scientific evidence — most of them, anyway (audiences vote live on which claim is the lie). Aldrete’s armor, developed through the years with the help of some curious (and brave) students, can stop an arrow without harming the wearer. Last night, it was 2007 alumna Scott Bartell once again taking the shot (and escaping unscathed).
UW-Green Bay Prof. Greg Aldrete has gotten plenty of attention for his research on — and recreation of — ancient armor made of linen. Now his work with the armor, called linothorax, will be featured in a Wednesday (Nov. 9) episode of the Discovery Channel program “Penn & Teller Tell a Lie” (footage was filmed on campus this summer). The show features the famous comedy-magic duo testing outrageous claims, most of which are actually true and supported by scientific evidence. Viewers vote live during the program to decide which story is a lie. Claims on Wednesday’s 9 p.m. show, according to local TV listings, “include a linen shirt can stop an arrow and a snail can crawl on a razor’s edge.” Spoiler alert: Aldrete’s stuff works. (We are unable to speak for the snail).
We brought you the story last week of UW-Green Bay Prof. Greg Aldrete and the ongoing media attention surrounding his Linothorax Project, an innovative study that seeks to recreate ancient armor made from linen. In case you were too busy grading papers or soaking up the sunshine, here’s the story you missed — complete with added video from the Canadian TV crew’s visit to campus.
It may be a quiet time on campus, but for Prof. Greg Aldrete — whose project exploring the ancient use of linen-based armor has garnered widespread media attention – it’s yet another chance to showcase his signature research for an audience that has become international in scope. Continue reading “Living because of linen? Professor's project takes a shot at ancient armor”
A documentary film crew from Kensington Communications Inc. will be on campus throughout the day to film scenes for the “Museum Secrets” television series. Its focus is Prof. Greg Aldrete’s Linothorax Project, an ongoing investigation that seeks to reconstruct a once-widely used but still mysterious type of ancient, linen-based body armor. Filming will include test-firing arrows at the armor, a demonstration scheduled from 7:30 a.m. until 10:30 a.m. at a to-be-determined outdoor location on campus. For more on Aldrete’s work.