Anyhoo, when I wasn't watching Team GB making history I decided to check out the new museum in Chichester. I know, I do indeed know how to party. Chichester is pretty old and every so often when they dig up a road or build a housing estate they find Roman stuff. In the 1960's the remains of a Roman baths was discovered in the middle of the city so to preserve it, they put a car park on top of it....naturally. Finally someone remembered they'd stuck a car park on the top of an ancient site and thought perhaps they should do something about that, uncovering the baths and, literally, built a museum around it.
To the untrained eye this may look like a bunch of builders rubble, but the projected image left shows what the baths would have looked like.
Ah, the Romans, gave us under floor heating in the 1st Century...2000 years later we figured it out on our own, why on Earth did we chuck out this idea when for around 8 months of the year it's friggin' freezing!
This is not just any old rubble, this is Roman painted 'wall paper' rubble
Something which should be reinstated immediately....the portable stocks....
.....And this is a good reason why
Chichester cathedral...look actual blue sky and sunshine.
After an amazing lunch in Chi town we headed over to Fishbourne Roman Palace.
Once upon a time in the 1960's a bloke was digging a trench in a field when he happened upon this.
The foundations of the under floor heating
Mosaics were all the rage in your average Palace.
Amazingly technical designs starting with geometric themes like above in 1AD to more elaborate designs by 2AD
It's Cupid riding a Dolphin, apparently that's how the Romans roll
Alfredeus lost count of the tiles one day and then mysteriously disappeared.
When bored with one design just build another on top...simples.
A replica of the Palace garden
Presents! not Roman, but a huge jar of sweets and ice cream glasses...though no-one thought to buy any spinkles....or fudge sauce....or ice cream for that matter so the sundae will have to wait.