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James Lawrie





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PostPosted: Mon 29 May, 2017 5:23 am    Post subject: Gabions         Reply with quote

Does anyone know when gabions first appeared in Western Europe?
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Timo Nieminen




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PostPosted: Mon 29 May, 2017 3:33 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

The ancient Romans used gabions, at least in civil engineering. Some translations of Josephus, The Wars of the Jews, say that gabions were used (in siege). Not all translations, though. I haven't compared the various translations, or checked the original, so don't know if "gabion" is a reliable translation.

Their use in field fortifications to protect artillery appears in late 15th century art.

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PostPosted: Wed 06 Sep, 2017 11:49 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Which particular kind of gabions? The late-medieval to early modern basketwork type? Modern wirework? Hesco bastions? The term has been used for several different kinds of genetically unrelated structures used for similar purposes, so you need to clarify.
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