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The Roman Villa at Maasbracht (Hardback)

The archaeology and history of a Roman settlement on the banks of the river Meuse (Province of Limburg, The Netherlands)

Ancient History > Rome & the Roman Provinces > Roman Archaeology Ancient History > Rome & the Roman Provinces > Roman Art & Architecture

Imprint: Sidestone Press
Series: Analecta Praehistorica Leidensia
Pages: 204
ISBN: 9789088908576
Published: 30th September 2019
Casemate UK Academic

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In the Dutch archaeological community, the Roman Villa of Maasbracht has become famous for the beautiful remains of murals that have survived to this day. Almost all of this material was found in the infill of the stone cellar, a veritable time capsule that has been excavated with much patience and care. The first field campaign in 1981 consisted of some four trial trenches excavated by members of the local archaeological society. These yielded amongst others foundation trenches of walls and floors of mortar and rubble from the Roman period. This was in 1982 cause for the State Service for Archaeological Research to join forces and to begin a full scale excavation covering 0.8 ha. The most important result was the uncovering of a stone main building of a Roman villa complex. After the excavations, the villa has been left on the shelf as one of the investigations of interest from Roman times with the prospect of one day being further analysed. The opportunity at last presented itself and this has resulted in the present volume. The names of the chapters are self-explanatory: settlement traces and structures, pottery, the building material, the wall painting fragments, animal remains and bone artefacts, glass and jet, the metalwork and of course a synthesis. The part of the book that appeals most to the imagination is of course the chapter on the wall paintings, beautifully illustrated with 58 colour figures.

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