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Fishbourne Roman Palace

As we are nearing the end of our Romans topic, we took a trip to Fishbourne Roman Palace near Chichester to consolidate our learning and to learn even more! When we arrived, we had the opportunity to look at a model of what they believed the palace used to look like and then we explored the North Wing. Whilst exploring, we saw numerous mosaics that used to cover the floors and we even saw what it would look like under the mosaics to see how the Romans had underground heating throughout their house.

 

We then got to try some hands-on activities that involved acting like an archaeologist, creating mosaics and investigating coins and x-rays. After that, we explored the garden where we saw herbs and vegetables growing. These were the kinds of herbs and plants that the Romans would have grown and then used in their cooking and medicines. We explored more of the humungous garden before going to watch a video that told us all about the excavation by archaeologists and how they initially discovered the Roman palace. We learned that it had at least 100 rooms and had a range of people living there, including a Celtic King who became a Roman Citizen. Historians believe that it was burned down from a fire between 270AD and 280AD.

 

Thankfully, it was then lunch time! After lunch, we had our Roman life workshop. We had a great man leading our workshop who was incredibly knowledgeable! We acted as archaeologists to guess what artefacts could be. We then got to wear tunics like a slave and had the opportunity to experience a range of activities. We got to complete tasks in a Roman style kitchen, make mosaics from real tesserae, write our names in Roman symbols (on paper with ink and on wax tablets) as well as spin wool and make our own rules for games. We loved trying all the different activities! Before the end, two lucky members of our class got to dress up as siblings as the brother and sister of the King of the Palace. We loved seeing what they would have worn!

We had a great day and learned even more than we already knew. We also enjoyed seeing mosaics in real life and trying Roman style activities.


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