The Romans in the Marshes

The hot sunshine brought out over 150 people to the Avalon Marshes Centre for the recent  ‘Romans in the Marshes’ event.  The day was organised by Somerset Heritage Service and the Avalon Marshes Centre as part of the Festival of Archaeology, a national event to raise interest in archaeology. 

Visitors enjoyed striking coins, demonstrations of cookery and woodworking, stepping inside the replica Iron Age roundhouse and finding out about the ‘new’ Roman building. There was also the opportunity to talk to the Hinkley Outreach team about the excavations on the site of the proposed new power station. 

Children had fun making paper mosaics,  replica pots and seeing real Roman objects, as well as taking part in the trail around the site. 

Some photographs of the day can be seen below.


Mosaic making based on real Somerset Roman mosaics


Mosaic making 


A finished mosaic!


Cookery demonstration in the Roman kitchen


Personal grooming, Roman style


Roman artefacts, part of the family trail


Fire burning inside the replica roundhouse


Site of the proposed  ‘Roman’ building with information boards


Demonstration of wood working techniques by Somerset Heritage Service archaeologist














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