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Classics Department visit Avebury and Bath

Classics Department visit Avebury and Bath

On Tuesday 18th October, members of the Shell year went to Avebury and also to Aquae Sulis in Bath. It was a thoroughly enjoyable trip where we learnt about ancient shrines, and also had the opportunity to handle some old pieces of the original buildings in which the famous baths were situated. 

The day started by seeing a long barrow thought to be built at around 3000BC. It was opposite the chalk, man-made Silbury Hill, thought to represent a breast of the Earth goddess. Archaeologists and historians believe this to be in order to help the growing of crops as it symbolises fertility. 

Next we visited Avebury which houses a Neolithic henge monument containing three stone circles. People think it was a place used for rituals or ceremonies and it was interesting to walk round the giant rocks. Finally we visited Aquae Sulis, an old town that is now Bath. It is home to the one of very few natural hot springs. This became the foundation of the baths which were built around it. Romans used it to cleanse themselves of any bacteria or general muck. Inside we were able to hold pieces of mosaic tiled floor from the original Roman building and also see the equipment people used to clean themselves with.

Overall the day was great fun with lots of interesting things on offer, and a trip to McDonalds went down a treat.

Report by Max McGee, F social, Shell

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