What a fabulous day out we all had in the beautiful Shropshire countryside on our trip to Viriconium!
Vince Gaffney, Professor of Archaeology, had agreed to take us round the site imparting his specialist knowledge.
Pupils loved exploring the site especially the natatio (swimming pool), the latrinae (toilets) and the various rooms of the baths complex (caldarium, tepidarium and frigidarium) including the under floor heating (hypocaust).
The recently built Roman villa was interesting, too, as it was of the exact design and materials originally used 2000 years ago.
One of the questions we focused on was what happened to the stones from the Roman baths after it fell into disuse. Walking down to the little St. Andrew's church it was immediately obvious. There were Roman columns as gate posts, the top of a Roman column as a font and various stones and small pillars embedded in the walls.
Pupils were given the task of recording a building focusing on the most ancient section of a side wall which had clear signs of having been originally in the Roman city. It was a fun activity and no one complained that we were sitting in a grave yard!
It certainly was an unforgettable trip to quote Joseph Shaw “This is the best trip ever!” I think I may have to agree. The Professor has offered to take us back there again next year too!