Bathing was not only one of the most common daily activities in Roman culture but was a highly communal activity that was raised to the level of high art through extensive ritual.
During the construction of a predecessor to the present Chelsea Bridge, over the River Thames, workers dredging the river bed found a large quantity of Roman and Celtic weapons amongst a significant number of skeletons.
A 4th-century Roman glass cage cup, the Lycurgus cup is truly a unique artifact. Depending on lighting, you'll see something different each time you look at it.
Some of the best-preserved Roman ruins on the Mediterranean, Leptis Magna was founded in the 7th century BC and was always a hot spot for activity and war.
The remains of Amphipolis, an Ancient Greek city that was later a Roman city, is famous for many things including battles between the Spartans and Athenians and as a place for Alexander the Great spent a great deal of time.
Welcome to Questions of Doom. In this series, we answer your questions about Archaeology and our shared heritage.
Today, we take a look at Roman Urbanism - Was every Roman City the same?
Book: Roman Urbanism - Beyond the Consumer City:
The Ravens is a children's book about the first Roman invasion in 55 B.C. set around Hertfordshire and particularly the hillfort now known as Ravensburgh Castle. It was written by the excavator himself, James Dyer, who was also a schoolteacher. My guest, Francis Pryor, dug with the late James Dyer on this very site and joins me to share his memories of this early dig and his subsequent experience of digging up roundhouses, among other things.
Kim Biddulph: @kimbiddulph and @schprehistory
Francis Pryor on Twitter: @pryorfrancis
Music provided by Nigel Shaw. The track is "Yew" from Dartmoor Roundhouse by Seventh Wave Music at http://www.seventhwavemusic.co.uk/.
Kim Biddulph Director, Schools Prehistory, www.schoolsprehistory.co.uk