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Sunday, October 26, 2008
Roman Roof Tiles
Back to the museum. As I have said the museum doesn't have that much to tell. Though I feel it could be made more interesting. When doing excavations in the centre of Woerden, roof tiles were found. These tiles date from 120 AD containing a stamp of the 'Legion XXX Upla Viciria', this legion made tiles for settlements in Vleuten, Alphen, Leiden and others and come from Germany. Across the Northern Roman Frontier line the Romans created several settlements, almost all of them grew out to become the cities and towns we now nowadays.
That fascinates me from history; at a certain point in time somebody decides to do something, which from then on is repeated, enhanced simply because it is always done like that, there. For example on a spot of a hotel, church, inn, hospital, or road tax spot, this activity could have been there for hundreds or even thousands of years simply for that reason...
My brother likes local history a lot and tells me of it; suddenly I see that the contribution of the Romans in our country side is still very present.
City in the west of the Dutch province Utrecht, founded by the Romans in 40 AD as a castellum at the Northern Fronteer of the Roman Empire. Received city rights in 1372, forensic city for North and South Holland's bigger cities, 33.650 inhabitants.
Woerden Community contains the towns and villages: Harmelen, Kamerik and Zegveld.