Saturday, March 1, 2014

Schwarzenacker - Ancient Roman City - Homburg, Germany

The Roman Museum in Homburg, Germany was once a Celtic settlement and later a Roman settlement. During the early 1900's the settlement was rediscovered when construction uncovered many buried silver Roman coins. The coins were most likely buried when the Germans kicked the Romans out of the area, only to be left in the ground for over 1000 years.

Schwarzenacker was on two major cross routes between Trier, Strassbourg, Metz and the Rhine River. At one time the city was home to craftsmen, weavers, and doctors.

 
Today the museum is an active archaeological site.

Many of the underground structures contain oval shaped cutouts which were once used to display statues of the Roman Gods.

Much of the site lies buried beneath the ground.


Several structures have been reconstructed like this home.

Wall murals have been reconstructed in full color.

The basement area of homes usually contained a heat source and the floor was supported with pillars.

The windows contained bars to keep out unwanted guests.

This is the reconstruction of a temple.

This furniture is representative of furniture in a Roman home.

Many frescoes of Gods were brightly painted.

Notches in a stone structure were once used to support wooden beams on which upper floors were built.

The floor would be built on the wooden beams.

This stone hole in the ground is the remnant of a Roman refrigerator.

Waste water was directed out of the city through stone ditches narrow enough to step or leap over.



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