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roman remains.

Post by pilvikki » 11 Jul 2017, 15:41

today i took the kids to the local archaeological museum, featuring stuff like an excavation into their floor - with loads of bones sticking out of the sides... like, seriously? there was even a very human type jaw jutting out of the corner of the - oh, about 3x3x5 pit.... it was like they'd just dug into a graveyard. weird.

there also were loads of pottery, urns, keys, tools , coins and jewellery from the roman times and up

still, this reminded me of some time back when the neighbour had mentioned a place there'd been a roman village nearby: just drive past Lann's house and turn right. saxon and i headed out.

drove around, but well, 3rd time lucky, turns out the neighbours' instructions sucked as the road actually veered off Lann's driveway...

and no... there's no 'round shape', the road just goes around a small promontory overlooking the area. drove past it, down the hill - and ended up in yet another vineyard.... well, this was getting to be a bad habit, with wendy feeling every bump and lump in the rutted track. turned around and slowly crawled along until i spied some bricks sticking out of the rows of vines. interesting.

i stopped and there is all kinds of pottery bits all over the place! am i the only one finding that bizarre? they're growing vines right on top of an ancient village. anyway, brought home a few pieces and put them into my calla pot, so i have roman, pottery shards in a flower pot.

this is the view the romans had, but the hill is actually quite steep, and road way down there: the perspective is way off. but then again, there might have been a forest there. :mrgreen:

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Re: roman remains.

Post by yogi » 12 Jul 2017, 07:59

Frequently when I read about archeological finds it's a jaw dropping experience. Being in touch with something, or a lot of somethings, that is thousands of years old is simply amazing. How can anything survive that long? Then, there are the people you describe. They grow wheat right on top of the ruins because it's just another parcel of farmland to them. The perspective is mind boggling.

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Re: roman remains.

Post by pilvikki » 12 Jul 2017, 12:41

IKR!

and here's a plot twist: i needed to pick a couple of tile pieces from the backyard - and what do i see? the same type of pot shards! :think:
this village has also been inhabited by romans, but why would we have the same pot bits here, right outside? there are 2 very different kinds, one about ½" thick and with pink outside. the other is terracotta, half of its thickness, more curved. and the pieces are almost the size and shape.

i think i'll be going to have a chat with the museum lady one of these days.

oh... :idea: unless we are living on their old rubbish heap... when this house was built, they cleared everything out from against the cliff face and shoved it further away, so....

here's a mapquest of the back of the house, some 8 yrs ago:
https://www.google.fr/maps/@43.179416,2 ... 6656?hl=en

see the basement doors and then the stairs going up? well, the second door is into the stable and that has a solid rock floor. 4 houses to your right you have a well that comes up just a few feet below the floor level, same as the one in the stable. the really high water table is how they watered the moat that used to encircle the inner circle, the one erroneously named Rue Grand Rond on the map.

pretty funky, eh? :grin:

btw, my cat fell out of the window that has the shutters open. he doesn't play on the window sill any more. AS HE JUST JUMPED UP THERE! :facepalm:

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Re: roman remains.

Post by pilvikki » 12 Jul 2017, 12:44

OMG!

i just grabbed him by the tail as he started to slide off the window sill! what a @|)é"'(-&# maroon!

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Post by yogi » 12 Jul 2017, 13:10

This kind of makes me wonder what future archeologists will think of our land fills, some of which already have things built upon them like ski slopes and shopping malls.

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Post by pilvikki » 12 Jul 2017, 17:19

my mother lived in an apartment building by a small plaza called the Tippen, which is swedish for a dump as it had been built on top of one. since then they decided to rename it, as i guess it wasn't classy enough.

well, the train station is still called the Dump. :lol:

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Re: roman remains.

Post by yogi » 13 Jul 2017, 06:48

We have huge trucks that haul off our trash to the local "dumps." Perhaps the Romans had something similar to transport their trash. It never occurred to me that they might have a community land fill. I figured everything was buried out back in the garden or something.

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Re: roman remains.

Post by pilvikki » 13 Jul 2017, 14:37

i'm thinking that where this house stands is on the edge of a cliff, so everything just went over the edge...

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