Saturday, 6 September 2014
Saturday Photo: When the Uncovered Past Does Not Linger
Afterwards the location on a well-watered plateau was farmed, while the old town faded from collective memory. Some of the ruins were pillaged for building materials after Napoleon's forces razed a nearby town, but it wasn't until the 1930s when the possibility of rediscovering a gem from Roman times spurred excavation.
Now about 10 per cent of the former town has been excavated, with astounding results. Among the finds are mosaics as fresh as the day they were finished from the floors of houses which must have been home to the wealthier residents. Several thermes, or Roman bathhouses have been found as well large houses with elegant interior patios and a large, pillar-lined public space, the Forum.
But time marches on. Dirt is blown by wind, grass seeds sprout, weeds grow up. Unless maintenance is constant, the forces of the earth conspire to hide the ruins once again, as attests the photo of the partially uncovered wall which now has several decades of weeds growing on it.
Nothing is permanent, in other words...
Posted by Mary Soderstrom