Saturday, September 11, 2010

Wall Arches At Side

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A section of a curtain backed by arches at Side. A lower wall-walk was placed on top of the arches. The central slits in every bay between the pillars were designed for arrow firing devices such as three-span catapults or even two-cubit engines. The small slit on the right hand side was probably intended for an observer who directed the artillerymen. The observer would find himself, however, in an extremely precarious and dangerous position being too close to the recoiling arm of any engine. The upper wall-walk and parapet are only preserved in fragments.

Ref. Nossov, "Greek Fortifications---"

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