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Furka (Lat. furca) - a wooden crosshair used by Roman legionnaires to carry their belongings on long military campaigns. Probably, for greater strength of the structure, two sticks were made depressions in the place of their connection, and then tied together. Perhaps a pilum was also attached to the long part of the furka .

Legionnaires with furs. Trajan's column. Early 2nd century AD

The furka served as a lever method of carrying a legionnaire's personal equipment, in a sense replacing hiking packs. Flasks,a loculus,a thing-bags and other camping equipment could be fixed on it .

Example of an assembled four-way card

Related topics

Ancient military campaigns, Legionnaire, The flask, Cassidil, Loculus


Le Boec Ya. Roman Army of the Early Empire era. Translated from French by ROSSPEN, 2001, 399 p. (in Russian)