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Tile with imprint

A hobnailed soldier's shoe left behind an imprint on a tile that was not yet completely dry.

The military sandals - "caligae" - were cut out of one piece of leather and laced together. The 3-layered sole was studded with up to 150 nails. These provided soldiers with a grip on slippery terrain. The simple soldier wore the badge "miles caligatus". Although the sandals were very popular, they disappeared in the 2nd century AD, probably due to climatic reasons. They were replaced by boots, the "calcei".

Imprint of a soldier's shoe, Museum Großkrotzenburg
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1 Imprint of a soldier's shoe, Museum Großkrotzenburg © Museum Großkrotzenburg

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