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Roman Villa rebuilt

Posted: Sat Jan 22, 2011 8:59 am
by lawrence
If you weren't aware here's the link for the programme on Channel 4 at the mo where they've got 6 modern builders building a Roman Villa using only ancient materials and methods. It's interesting..... :wink:

Re: Roman Villa rebuilt

Posted: Sun Jan 23, 2011 5:40 pm
by Lindsay
I must say I'm slightly disappointed...

I was expecting to come on here after watching the show and see at least 6 different examples of Roman Wheelbarrows!


Re: Roman Villa rebuilt

Posted: Sun Jan 23, 2011 8:05 pm
by Joe Pike
I was a bit surprised that the builders didn't have slaves. Or pack animals - surely the Roman "equivalent" of a wheel barrow. Must say I wasn't too impressed with the programme.

Re: Roman Villa rebuilt

Posted: Mon Jan 24, 2011 2:56 pm
by lawrence
I must confess I've not seen any examples or mentions of wheelbarrows.
For me the whole thing falls down on the lack of manpower. It just seems daft the 'expert' jumping up and down about authenticity then having only 6 workers on site. The cart makes sense but why have someone learning how to make one then wondering why it falls apart?

Re: Roman Villa rebuilt

Posted: Mon Jan 24, 2011 7:48 pm
by Earl Mortimer
Well I was told that they had a behind the scenes team doing all the work. Then when the camras were there they pushed them out of site and the "lookers or camra friendly types tuck over"

I had to laugh when i saw the 'lookers'

Re: Roman Villa rebuilt

Posted: Mon Apr 11, 2011 9:02 am
by WorkMonkey3
I thought it was interesting enough, I can't see the issue with the wheel barrow, the difference between a cart and a wheel barrow is only really the amount of wheels it's got. If they'd got someone to make it before hand, no problem but expecting the chippy who used to fitting kitchens to knock one out copied from book then criticise him when it falls apart seemed abit harsh.

Can't wait to go see it in the summer, Wroxeters not far from me.