Thursday, September 24, 2009

The Romans

About 2000 years ago there was a Roman settlement where Ljubljana is today, called Emona (Aemona in Latin). There are still some remnants of Emona that could be seen, like part of a Roman wall, stone coffins and tombstones. The settlement was completely destroyed in a year 452 by the Huns, led by Attila the Hun. Ljubljana has become construction place in the last few years and many Roman remnants have been revealed during this time. Here, where I work, archaeologists have lately discovered several Roman graves with urns and other pottery. They are removing all those founds, taking them to further analysis and museums. We discussed this yesterday at work - when is it ethical to destroy someone's grave? How old does it have to be?

I like the remnants of the past centuries and I don't agree with their destruction. I like touching those old stones that had been put there by people long time gone. Eventually, this is our history that has shaped us, so that today we are what we are.


Feronia said...

It looks fascinating, Pina. I wonder if they will find Roman jewellery. I love looking at that. Have you seen the remnants of the Roman settlement at Cologne?

Pina said...

Some jewelery is often found at such excavations, usually glass beads or clips made of metal.
I haven't seen the remnants in Cologne, usually I just stopped there at the railway station traveling further north or west... Maybe next time, who knows... :)

Feronia said...

I would love to come and see the excavations in Ljubljana some day! I found the Roman stuff in Cologne to be really fascinating.