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Archaeology - Roman Sites
Rome (Rome | Roman Forum & Palatine | Forum of Trajan & Augustus | Capitoline Museum)
Italy (Ostia Antica | Herculaneum) Greece (Hersonissos | Agios Nikolaos)

United Kingdom
(Arbeia | Bath | Birdoswald | Chedworth | Great Witcombe | Hardknott)

(There are also some images of Hadrian's Wall in snow on the Scenery page. For Neolithic sites click here)

Here are some digital photos from our various trips to archaeological sites. This page is in no way intended to be a comprehensive archaeological resource, but hopefully the photos are interesting.

Click on a thumbnail image to see the full picture.

Rome

These photographs were taken in October 2005.

The Pantheon
The Pantheon Pantheon interior Pantheon interior
Pantheon interior
Pantheon
Pantheon Pantheon Pantheon
Pantheon
Theatre of Marcello Theatre of Marcello    
Theatre
of Marcello
Theatre
of Marcello
   

Roman Forum and Palatine Hill (Rome)
(Official site)

These photographs were taken in October 2005.

Roman Forum
Forum & Palatine Hill
Temple of Saturn
Temple of Romulus
Roman Forum
Palatine Hill & Forum
Temple of Saturn
Temple of Romulus
Forum - Arch of Septimus Severus
Arch of Septimus Severus
Arch of Septimus Severus (detail of inscription)
Curia
Curia
Curia
Arch of Septimus Severus
Arch of Septimus Severus

Arch of Septimus Severus (detail)

Curia
Curia
Curia
Basilica of Maxentius
Basilica of Maxentius
Basilica of Maxentius
Temple of Vesta
Stadium on Palatine Hill
Stadium on Palatine Hill
Basilica of Maxentius
Basilica of Maxentius
Basilica of Maxentius
Temple
of Vesta
Palatine Stadium
Palatine Stadium
Collosseum at Night
Collosseum from Palatine Hill
Collosseum Interior
Arch of Constantine
Arch of Constantine & Arch of Titus
Arch of Titus
Collosseum
Collosseum from Palatine Hill
Collosseum
Arch of
Constantine
Arches of Constantine & Titus
Arch
of Titus
Circus Maximus from Palatine Hill (collage)
Temple of Antoninus & Faustina
Circus Maximus (collage)
Temple of
Antoninus & Faustina

Trajan's Forum & Forum of Augustus (Rome)
(Official site)

These photographs were taken in October 2005.

Trajan's Markets
Trajan's Markets
Trajan's Column
Trajan's Column (detail) Temple of Mars Ultor (Forum of Augustus)
Trajan's
Markets
Trajan's
Markets
Trajan's Column
Trajan's Column
Temple of Mars Ultor

Capitoline Museums (Rome)
(Official site)

The museums are situated on Rome's Capitoline Hill. These photographs were taken in October 2005.

Statue of Marcus Aurelius, Capitoline Hill
Capitoline Museum - Fountain of Marforio
Acrolith of Constantine
Bronze of Constantine
The Dying Warrior
Marcus
Aurelius
Fountain
of Marforio
Acrolith of
Constantine
Bronze of
Constantine
"The
Dying Gaul"
Carving
Medusa
She Wolf, Romulus and Remus
Sectile Marble design
Carving
Medusa
She Wolf,
Romulus
and Remus
Sectile Mosaic

Ostia Antica (Italy)
(Ostia Antica.org)

Situated near Rome, this site was the harbour port of Ancient Rome for many years, before finally being abandoned. These photographs were taken in October 2005.

Theatre at Ostia
Theatre at Ostia
Theatre at Ostia
Decumanus Maximus from Ostia Theatre
theatrical Masks at Ostia Theatre
Theatre Inscription
Theatre
Theatre
Theatre
Decumanus
Maximus
Theatrical Masks
Theatre
Inscription
Ostia Capitolium
Carving in front of Capitolium
Drinking Fountain
Via di Diana
Via dei Vigili
Casaggiato Del Larario
Thermopolium
Capitolium
Carving in front of Capitolium
Drinking Fountain
Via di Diana
Via dei Vigili
Cassagiato del Larario
Thermopolium
House of Cupid and Psyche
House of Cupid and Psyche
Floor Marble
Wall heating
Cassagiato Dei Doli
Taberna of the Fisherman, Ostia
Ivy & Opus Reticulatum
House of
Cupid
and Psyche
House of
Cupid
and Psyche
Floor marble
Wall heating in Forum Baths
House of
the Doli
"Envious
I Crush
You"

Ivy &
Opus
Reticulatum
Porta Romana - Statue of Minerva
Sacello of Ara dei Gemelli
Necropolis - Tomb of The Archetti
House of the Seven Sages
House of the Seven Sages
House of the Seven Sages
House of the Seven Sages
Statue of Minerva (Porta Romana)
Sacello of Ara dei Gemelli
Tomb of the Archetti
House of
the
Seven Sages
House of
the
Seven Sages
House of
the
Seven Sages
House of
the
Seven Sages
Baths of Neptune - Mosaic
Baths of Neptune - Mosaic
House of the Charioteers - Fresco
Forum of the Corporations - Guild Mosaic
Forum of the Corporations - Guild Mosaic
Baths of Buticosus
 Republican Temples
Baths of Neptune
Baths of Neptune
House of the Charioteers
Forum of the Corporations
Forum of the Corporations
Baths of Buticosus
Republican Temple
Wall Mosaic
Wall Mosaic

Herculaneum (Italy)
(Official website of Vesuvian Archeological Sites)

These pictures are scans of 35mm prints taken in 2002. Situated near Naples, the Herculaneum excavations are smaller than Pompeii but often better preserved. The Roman town lies below the modern town of Ercolano, having been buried below many metres of boiling mud during the Vesuvius eruption of 79 AD.

Beautiful Courtyard House
Guilloche Mosaic
Black Drawing Room house
Black Drawing Room house
Camel Graffiti
Cardo IV
Cardo IV

Beautiful
Courtyard
house

Beautiful
Courtyard
house
Black Drawing Room house
Black Drawing Room house
Camel Graffiti
Cardo IV (distant)
Cardo IV (near)
Cardo V Superiore
Charred Furniture House - Bed
Charred Upper Storey
College of Augustals - Inscription
College of Augustals - Left Panel
College of Augustals - Centre Panel
College of Augustals - Right Panel
Cardo V Superiore
Charred Furniture house - Bed
Charred Upper Storey
College of Augustals
College of Augustals
College of Augustals
College of Augustals
Gem house
Grid house
Mud cliff
Hotel house
House of Neptune and Amphitrite
House of Neptune and Amphitrite - Mosaic
Lanarius Shop - Wooden Screw Press
Gem house
Grid house
Mud cliff
Hotel house
House of Neptune & Amphitrite
House of Neptune & Amphitrite
Lanarius Shop
Bench Leg
Marble Floor
Mosaic
Opa
Opa
Sacellum of Venus / Four Gods
Sacred area
Bench Leg
Marble Floor
Mosaic
Opa
Opa
Sacellum of Venus / Four Gods
Sacred Area
Sacred Area
Sacred Area with Vesuvius
Samnite house - Atrium mosaci
Shrine
Alcove
Terrace of M. Nonio Balbo
Thermopolium
Sacred Area
Sacred Area with Vesuvius
Samnite house
Shrine
Alcove
Terrace of M Nonio Balbo
Thermopolium
Thermopolium
Triumphal Arch on decumanus Maximus
Women's Apodyterium - Mosaic
Wooden Partition house - Atrium
Wooden Partition house - Charred beams
Wooden Partition house - Charred Partition
Thermopolium
Triumphal Arch
Women's Apodyterium
Women's Apodyterium
Wooden Partition house
Wooden Partition house
Wooden Partition house
Lintel
Lintel

Hersonissos (Crete)

This tourist town on the Greek island of Crete has a pyramidal roman mosaic fountain along the sea front, and an early christian basilica on the headland, full of mosaic fragments. These photographs were taken in October 2004.

Hersonissos Bay, Crete
Pyramidal Roman Fountain
Early Christian Basilica - Mosaic
Hersonissos
Bay
Roman
Fountain
Basilica Mosaic

Agios Nikolaos Museum (Crete)

This skull of an athlete wearing a gold laurel wreath is actually Greek rather than Roman. This photograph was taken in October 2005.

Hersonissos Bay, Crete
Athlete Skull

Arbeia Roman Fort (Tyne and Wear, England).
Official Arbeia website

Notable for several reconstructions of the Gatehouse, Commandant's Building, and Barracks, which stand on the original site of the buildings.
The interior decoration used in the reconstructions gives a good idea of how 'interesting' Roman tastes could be. The photos were taken in May 2003.

Model of Arbeia Fort
Reconstruction of Gatehouse
Gatehouse Reconstruction - Arch
Gatehouse Reconstruction - Side
Headquarters Building Pillar (original) & Gatehouse
Granary
Model
Gatehouse
Gatehouse
Gatehouse
Gatehouse
Granary
Reconstruction of Barracks
Reconstruction of Barracks
Barracks showing construction technique
Tile Kiln
Strongroom
Vault steps and Well
Barracks
Barracks
Barracks
Tile Kiln
Strongroom
Vault
Commandant's House Decoration - Courtyard
Commandant's House Decoration - Wall
Commandant's House Decoration - Wall
Commandant's House Decoration - Window
Commandant's House Decoration - Wall
Commandant's House
Commandant's House
Commandant's House
Commandant's House
Commandant's House
Concrete
Hadrian Bust
Bust of Hadrian

Bath (Somerset, England).
Official Bath website

Various pictures from the famous Roman spa. The photos were taken in May 2003.

The 'Panorama of baths' picture is a collage of two digital photographs. The pinkish stonework up to a metre or two above the waterline, and the column bases, are Roman; everything else is Victorian, including the statues and pillars. (The Victorian Photograph shows this fairly clearly.)

Bath Cathedral Bath - Gorgon Head Bath - Hypocaust Tiles Sulis Minerva Bust Main Bath Victorian Photograph of Rebuilding Mosaic
Baths and Cathedral Gorgon Head Hypocaust Sulis Minerva Panorama of baths Victorian Photograph Mosaic

Birdoswald Roman fort (Cumbria, England).
English Heritage Birdoswald website

Pictures of Roman re-enactment (possibly the Ermine Street Guard) outside the Roman Fort originally called 'Banna' on Hadrian's Wall in Northern England. The photos are scans of 35mm prints taken in 2003.

Ballista
Line up
Skirmish
Ballista
Line up
Skirmish
March

Chedworth Roman Villa (Gloucestershire, England).
National Trust Chedworth website

A Romano-British villa with some very nice mosaics.
The underfloor heating ducts and Hypocaust pillars are also well preserved, and make an interesting counterpoint to the tiled Hypocaust pillars in Bath, shown above. The photos were taken in May 2003.

The illustration of the villa below is from a sign on the site and is copyright The National Trust

Illustration of Villa (c) National Trust
Hypocaust Pillars
Mosaic Corner
Mosaic Edge
Mosaic Spiral detail
Mosaic Bacchus Figure
Villa Illustration
Hypocaust
Mosaic corner
Mosaic edge
Mosaic spiral
Bacchus
Mosaic Corner
Mosaic Guilloche Pattern
Mosaic Guilloche Pattern
Mosaic Pattern
Mosaic Pattern
Underfloor Heating Channels
Mosaic corner
Guilloche pattern
Guilloche pattern
Mosaic
Mosaic
Underfloor heating


Great Witcombe Roman Villa (Gloucestershire, England).
English Heritage Great Witcombe page

A quiet little villa that proved a little hard to find! The wide image is a collage of several merged photographs and shows the slope of the site (there's a slight 'gap' about a third of the way across).
The photos were taken in May 2003.

Great Witcombe Roman Villa

The illustration of the villa below is from a sign on the site and is copyright English Heritage. The octagonal room shown in the illustration can be seen in our photo beside it.

Villa Illustration (c) English Heritage Octagonal Room Nymphaeum
Illustration
Octagonal room
Nymphaeum

Hardknott Roman Fort (Cumbria, England). New
English Heritage Hardknott page

A remote Roman outpost found halfway up the steep Hardknott Pass in Eskdale. The fort is aligned so that the corners face the compass points. The photos were taken in August 2003.

The illustration of the fort below is from a sign on the site and is copyright The National Trust.

Illustration of Fort (c) English Heritage
Granary & North Turret (Scafell)
Principia (HQ)
South-West Gate
Pivot Hole from South-West Gate
North-West Wall from South turret
Illustration
Granary and North Turret
Principia (HQ)
SW Gate
SW Gate
Pivot hole
NW Wall from South Turret
North-West Wall Exterior North-West Gate (Scafell) Hardknott Roman Fort - NW Gate Hardknott Roman Fort - from Hardknott Pass
NW Wall outer face NW Gate (Scafell in distance) NW Gate
(Scafell in distance)
The fort from Hardknott Pass looking across Eskdale to the ocean
Hardknott Roman Fort - West Turrett Hardknott Roman Fort - NE Wall 
West Turret looking across Eskdale to the ocean NE Wall
(Scafell in distance)
 

The fort is very well preserved, although everything above the line of slate tiles has been rebuilt using rubble found on the site (the North-West Wall outer face image above shows this clearly.)

There's a pivot hole for the South West gate which can be seen in both the South-West Gate images above.

Rome (Rome | Roman Forum & Palatine | Forum of Trajan & Augustus | Capitoline Museum)
Italy (Ostia Antica | Herculaneum) Greece (Hersonissos | Agios Nikolaos)

United Kingdom
(Arbeia | Bath | Birdoswald | Chedworth | Great Witcombe | Hardknott)

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last updated 09-Aug-2008

 

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All photos were taken with a Minolta Dimage F200 (4.0 Megapixel) or Nikon D50 (6.1 Megapixel) Digital camera unless otherwise noted. All photographs, illustrations and content copyright 2004-2008 Janet & Iain Clark. If you wish to use our images please feel free to contact us (do not re-use images without express permission).