September 15th, 2010

View from study (sunny)

Visit to the Roman Legion Museum

I didn't take all that many photos at the weekend. I already have photos of the amphitheatre and it looks much the same as it did before, but with more people because the weather was fine.

However, I did visit the museum this time. I've been before a couple of times (it's free!), but I think last time it was teeming with schoolchildren on a school trip. Also, it's very small, so visiting too often means there's nothing new to see.

This time these coins caught my eye. Possibly they were there before, I don't know, but as they were only discovered in 2006 and might not have gone on display right away, this might be the first time I've seen them. Finds like this always get the story generator working overtime. Who buried them? Why were they never dug up again?

Roman coins

The information sign beside the coins read:

599 silver denarii that were hidden in a locally made cooking pot.

From the date of the latest coin the hoard was probably buried around A.D. 160. These coins were found in June
2006 at Llanvaches, near Caerwent. Many retired soldiers of the Second Augustan Legion settled in the nearby town of Venta Silurum, which is now Caerwent.

There is now a rather nice reconstruction of a Roman garden behind the museum, planted with medicinal herbs and flowers that the Romans would have grown.

One thing did mystify me though. On the plot of beetroot was a sign saying that a solution made from the plant was used to remove stains. How??? Beetroot is one of the most staining vegetables I know. Did it mean that the leaves have stain removing properties? Does it remove stains in red or pink clothing? It didn't explain fully, so I remain puzzled.
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