Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Field Trip 1: The Roman City

Our first field trip of the semester was to go see the old Roman City of Barcino, founded in 15B.C. What is now commonly known as Barcelona. The Roman City is located within what is known as the Gothic District. Some of the most well-preserved spots from the city are located underground. This is because between the time of the Roman empire until now, things were built on top of it. After excavating the old city, you can still see the makings of a market all around you. The old city walls are still intact. Along with guard towers, a wine store and even a pool. It was truly remarkable how well kept everything was. The old forum is also visible near the old columns built for the Temple of Augustus. Along with the city itself, there were several artifacts and models around to show what daily life was like in Barcino. We got to see a model of a typical villa for a rich family that was very interesting to see. The house did not have hallways, which is a big difference between Roman and modern houses. The villa also had a garden in the middle of the house with an open roof over it for rain to fall in. There were also little toys that children played with two thousand years ago, including some marbles and what looked like dice. All around, the Roman City was incredible to be able to see. The fact that a city could be built over two thousand years ago and can still be seen today is mindblowing.

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