Sunday, July 08, 2012

A Visit to Wroxeter Roman City, Part Four of Five

Wroxeter – or to give it its Roman name, Viroconium Cornoviorum – was once Roman Britain's fourth largest city until it was abandoned and the ruins buried under fields. Part of it has been excavated and is open to the public. In this five-part article, illustrated with my own photos, I explain what the visitor can see there.

This is the fourth part of a five-part article. If you want to begin at the start, click here for part one.

Across the modern road from the bath complex block, a new construction had caught my eye: a brightly painted reconstruction of a Roman town house. It wasn't there when I last visited and I'd patiently waited until I'd explored all the main site, but now it was time to cross and take a peek.

This was built in 2010 as a television project to film the construction of a Roman-style building and explore the building techniques and materials. It stands on top of the city block that faces the bath complex, the block that was the city forum. To protect the archaeology below, it is built on an earth platform, with no real foundations.