Saalburg-Museum

The granaries of the fort lay just inside the main gate. 

The two granaries have been reconstructed but the interiors have been laid out as a museum.

Here is the interior of the museum.  The museum has a marvellous display of some of the objects discovered during the excavations.  The real importance lies not in any treasures, but in the huge collection of everyday tools and objects used by the soldiers in the fort.

 

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A fine bowl of terra sigilata, or samian ware, the red pottery the surface decorated with impressed decorations.  This is in fact not a particularly valuable piece as there is no figured decoration, but it gives a good idea of the sort of elegant tableware that would probably have been found in the barracks of even ordinary soldiers.  It was probably imported from France.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A beaker or drinking vessel.  These sort of beakers were often made locally.

 

A set of carpenter’s planes demonstrating the high quality of tools available to the soldiers.  The plane second from the left has had the upper part rerstored with modern wood.

 

 

A set of masons’ trowels with to the right some of the painted wall plaster that would have been put on such trowels.

 

A mattock with a handle restored in wood.  Such mattocks are still used by archaeologists today and one just hopes that this is a real Roman discovery and not a mattock lost by the excavators.

 

A  large number of keys were discovered during the course of the excavations.  Did every soldier have a locked box in which he kept his belongings?  The museum has a very fine collection of such keys.

And now leave the museum and return to the fort

 

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