Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Probing into the halberd found buried with two skeletons at La Bastida in south-eastern Spain. This Bronze Age fortress may have represented the height of European political and military culture in its time, approximately 2200 BC. The fortress exhibits architectural elements found 400 to 800 years later in the military architecture of the Hittites and Mycenaeans.

The fortification has walls two to three meters thick (six to ten feet) built with large stones and lime mortar. The original height of the defensive wall was six or seven meters (20-23 feet tall). The wall was supported by thick pyramid based towers and six have been discovered along a length of 70 meters (231 feet) although the full perimeter of the fortification is 300 meters (990 feet). the entrance to the enclosure was a passageway built with strong walls and large doors at the end held shut with thick wooden beams.

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Got in touch with the team imaging the USS Hatteras in the Gulf and everything seemed to go well in mid September.  Survey results planned to be released January 2013.

Monday, October 29, 2012


Welcome to the new blog for WarScholar.  A Barca Longa was an 18th century ship used in the Mediterranean by the British Royal Navy often to carry dispatches.  This blog offers the same service in a sense.  I will provide you with regular information of interest to the military history scholar.  I will cover all periods and all geographic locations.  My primary focus is new discoveries and new scholarship and interpretations of history rather than rehashing what has already been said.