Tag Archives : archaeology

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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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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The Revelin is not so Reve-alin’ in Dubrovnik


Archeaology Museum of Dubrovnik, Dubrovački muzeji; Dubrovnik, Croatia, April 2017 It is a testament to the builders of the Revelin Fortress that it survived the 1667 earthquake which damaged pretty much everything in Dubrovnik.  Built in 1463, it was the strongest of the city fortresses, protecting it from the marauders from the east, and it now plays host to a museum…

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Little Archaeological Treasures in Lausanne


Cantonal Museum of Archaeology and History, Musée cantonal d’archéologie et d’histoire (MCAH), Lausanne, Switzerland The centrally located Palais de Rumine, a great big building on the Place de la Riponne, is home to five local museums.  On the first floor is the little Cantonal Archaeology & History Museum.  It looks at the archaeology of the Lake Geneva region from 15,000 BC onwards,…

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