The students are currently researching Roman Britain and the visit to Wroxeter provided the ideal opportunity to use archaeological evidence to discover the various ways in which the Romans attempted to bring their own culture to Britain by building Roman-style towns with baths and exclusive houses. The students explored a Roman townhouse reconstructed using ancient building methods and materials, looked at the role of geophysics in archaeology and found artefacts that provide evidence for the daily lives of people living in Roman Britain.
Wroxeter (or ‘Viroconium’) was the fourth largest city in Roman Britain. It began as a legionary fortress and later developed into a thriving civilian city. Though much still remains below ground, today the most impressive features are the 2nd century municipal baths, and the remains of the huge wall dividing them from the exercise hall in the heart of the city.
In February 1859 workmen began excavating the baths complex, and by April much of the present site was exposed and thronged with fascinated visitors, including Charles Dickens. Donated by the landowner for public viewing, Wroxeter thus became one of the first archaeological visitor attractions in Britain.
Pictured here, Year 9 students outside the recently rebuilt Roman town house at Wroxeter.
To learn more about the Wroxeter Roman city visit: http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/daysout/properties/wroxeter-roman-city/