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Roman lorica hamata squamataque fragment from the Newstead find, National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh.

Roman lorica hamata squamataque fragment from the Newstead find, National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh.

Roman mail from the Carlingwark loch find in Scotland.

Roman mail from the Carlingwark loch find in Scotland.

Roman lorica hamata squamataque fragment from the Newstead find with intact rivet, National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh.

Roman lorica hamata squamataque fragment from the Newstead find with intact rivet, National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh.

Mail fragment from Carlingwark Loch, Scotland.

Roman mail from the Carlingwark loch find in Scotland.

Ancient European (Roman) riveted mail fragment, (Lorica Hamata), : 6 mm, alternating riveted and solid links, remains from a battle in Germany.

Ancient European (Roman) riveted mail fragment, (Lorica Hamata), : 6 mm, alternating riveted and solid links, remains from a battle in Germany.

Early Europen riveted mail, 1st to 6th c AD,  possibly Roman but is has none of the known characteristics of Roman mail, it does not appear to have any welded links, the link with a clear rivet hole is no different than the others where just the seam is visible, Roman mail isn't alternating riveted/welded rings, it's riveted/solid punched rings. There are definitely no solid punched rings in the fragment, wire thickness:2mm, outer dia:10.5mm, inner dia:6.5mm.

Early Europen riveted mail, 1st to 6th c AD, possibly Roman but is has none of the known characteristics of Roman mail, it does not appear to have any welded links, the link with a clear rivet hole is no different than the others where just the seam is visible, Roman mail isn't alternating riveted/welded rings, it's riveted/solid punched rings. There are definitely no solid punched rings in the fragment, wire thickness:2mm, outer dia:10.5mm, inner dia:6.5mm.

Ancient European (Roman) riveted mail, part of a lorica hamata, with flat section links that still show traces of gilding, Vindonissa Museum.

Ancient European (Roman) riveted mail, part of a lorica hamata, with flat section links that still show traces of gilding, Vindonissa Museum.

Moro (Philippine, Mindanao) mail and plate armor, 19th century, brass, carabao horn (Philippine buffalo), silver, protection for the upper part of the body, exclusive to the Moro as it was not found among any other Philippine groups. This armor known as kurab-a-kulang is made of a thin layer of carabao horn joined with butted brass mail the front part is closed with hooks, Glenbow Museum.

Moro (Philippine, Mindanao) mail and plate armor, 19th century, brass, carabao horn (Philippine buffalo), silver, protection for the upper part of the body, exclusive to the Moro as it was not found among any other Philippine groups. This armor known as kurab-a-kulang is made of a thin layer of carabao horn joined with butted brass mail the front part is closed with hooks, Glenbow Museum.

Ancient Chinese stone armor, from the tomb of China’s First Emperor, Qin Shihuangdi, who ruled from 221 B.C. to 210 B.C.  Photos taken by Kevin Harber at the National Geographic Museum exhibit ‘Terra Cotta Warriors: Guardians of China’s First Emperor’.

Ancient Chinese stone armor, from the tomb of China’s First Emperor, Qin Shihuangdi, who ruled from 221 B. to 210 B. Photos taken by Kevin Harber at the National Geographic Museum exhibit ‘Terra Cotta Warriors: Guardians of China’s First Emperor’.

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