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Why An Archaeology Trip To Rome Will Enrich Your Students Learning

Rome is a pivotal European city, not limited to its archaeological wonders. The capital city has dominated history for the last 2000 years; home to tombs, catacombs and temples, there is no shortage of rich archaeological monuments to explore.

Blended with a fascinating history of ancient rulers, brutal battles and religious powers, Rome is the prime destination for Archaeology students to study.

Take a look below if you are interested in finding out why you should visit Rome for your next Archaeology trip…

 

1. It is a city upon a city.

You can literally scratch back the layers of archaeological wonders in Rome. Sitting atop the detriments of its predecessor cities, Rome is perched on one huge archaeological site. With a history stretching back over two millennia, the remains of each generation of buildings became the next stage of the city’s evolution. Buildings upon buildings, layers upon layers of the city stacked upon each other, gradually morphing to the archaeological layer cake that is modern Rome.

2. Palatine Hill represents the city’s birthplace

For the Romans, Palatine represented the city’s hallowed birthplace. Ancient authors are in agreement that the hill is the site of the ancient founding of Rome in the year 754BC. The location also houses the remains of numerous Bronze Age huts, with many claiming the hill as one of the most important villages to have evolved in Rome. It is a unique location that is a fascinating prospect for budding Archaeology students.

3. Rome is home to one of the most iconic historic buildings in the world

The Colosseum was originally designed to hold approximately 50,000 spectators with about 80 separate entrances. This awe-inspiring structure will leave you speechless before you even scratch the surface of its fascinating archaeological history. From the building of the amphitheatre which started in 72AD, the elliptical building measures 189 meters long and 156 meters wide with a base area of 24,000m². During your visit, you can also dive into the multi-faceted history behind this astounding structure; from its gladiatorial history, to the construction of the underground chambers and the 100,000 cubic meters of travertine stone to build the outer walls.

4. The Caracalla Baths are some of the grandest bath complexes in all of Italy

A fascinating visit for Archaeology students, these are the ruins of what were one of the most elaborate bath complexes in Rome and all of Italy.  Still visible today are the remains of many of the original rooms, including the Apodyteria, Frigidarium, Tepidarium and the Caldarium or steam room. The building also had an under floor heating system called the ‘hypocaust’, which was heated using over fifty furnaces. The baths are a fascinating prospect for architectural studies, as well as considering their influence on architecture through the centuries, from architects of the renaissance era to those in the modern 20th century.

 

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