January 4, 2008

Photo du Jour

Roman amphorae.

There was a Roman pottery workshop near Narbonne during the 1st and 3rd centuries A.D. that produced amphorae for transporting wine and oil, and other pottery such as tiles, pots and oil lamps. They were exported throughout the Roman empire from the port of Narbonne, then called Narbo Martius, which was founded in 118 B.C.

The Roman road that linked Spain to Italy, the Via Domitia, passed through Narbonne. In the center of town, there is a large section which has been excavated.

There are caf├ęs surrounding the exposed stretch of Roman road. I love watching kids playing on this piece of history. Pin It


wcs said...

Cool. I love the ancient roman stuff. Especially ruins!

Loulou said...

I know, me too!