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Pipes and Aqueducts: All About Roman Water in Nyon


““ÇA COULE DE SOURCE!”: Aqueduc et histoires d’eau dans la Nyon romaine” at the Roman Museum of Nyon, Musée romain de Nyon, Nyon, Switzerland Running until June 2019, the Roman Museum in Nyon has an interesting, thoughtful exhibition on the use of water in the Roman world. Anyone who likes the Roman world will, in part, be basing their positive…

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The Surprising World of Roman Nyon


Roman Museum of Nyon, Musée romain de Nyon, Nyon, Switzerland As you walk around the museum, it is very striking to see just how intertwined the town’s Roman heritage is with its present.  Not only is the structure of the museum actually within the foundations of the Roman basilica, but many of the objects on display name the street that they…

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Augusta Raurica Museum Part Three: Peeing in the Kitchen


Continued from Part Two Upon turning left at the main entrance of the museum of Augusta Raurica, a swish automatic door opens and takes you back to the Roman world.  Well, a version of it, anyway. It’s modelled on the urban villa-type from Pompeii.  It has an interior courtyard surrounded by porticoes and while there is a small garden, there…

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Augusta Raurica Museum Part Two: Perfection in Silver


Continued from Part One So – following the delightfully presented exhibition on children and Roman life in Augusta Raurica, the museum continues with a further room on the unpromising-sounding Kaiseraugst Treasure.  I’m not that interested in things made of ‘precious’ materials, because they’re usually quite gaudy, it’s hard to see the details, and altogether they can be just too blingy.…

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Augusta Raurica Museum Part One: A Peek into Roman Lives


In Augusta Raurica, Switzerland The museum of the Roman settlement of Augusta Raurica is a little gem.  Yes it’s small, but the quality of the local finds is so amazing that it makes for an extremely interesting and fun place to visit. Actually, the museum consists of three parts: in the picture above you can see that there are doorways:…

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The Romans Come Alive in Augusta Raurica


Augusta Raurica, Switzerland Perhaps I should start by saying that I spent about eight years of my life studying Roman history.  This may give you a clue as to where I stand with Roman sites.  The prospect of visiting Roman towns really makes me stupidly happy, and I have blissfully trawled through municipal museums looking at fragments of Roman life…

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Oh Lousonna! – Romans in Lausanne


Roman Museum of Lausanne-Vidy, Musée romain de Lausanne-Vidy, Lausanne-Vidy, Switzerland  I love going to Roman museums – as a Roman history buff, I’m always really excited to see what interesting new objects have been unearthed in different parts of their Empire.  Having already seen some pretty fine Roman objects in the Cantonal Museum of Archaeology and History, I was looking forward to…

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Keeping the Romans Alive in Chester


Chester, England Two significant Roman remains sit side by side just outside the city walls: the Roman Gardens and the amphitheatre.  There isn’t a lot to see.  There’s no sugar-coating it.  But they are worth a potter. Roman Gardens Dating from the 1950s, the Roman Gardens were created to display the larger fragments from the legionary fortress at Deva.  Between…

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Roman Life in Chester’s Grosvenor Museum


The Grosvenor Museum, Chester, England The Grosvenor Museum was opened in 1886 through the energy of the Chester Society for Natural Science, Literature and Art, which had been founded in 1871 by Charles Kingsley, the writer of The Water-Babies, who was a canon of Chester Cathedral at the time.  Joining forces with the Chester Archaeological Society and the Schools of Science…

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