Roman building site Aliso
Main camp 2.0
With the building of the LWL Roman Museum the idea of reconstructing parts of the main camp in the grounds of the museum was conceived, too. Now the idea has become reality as the „Roman Building Site Aliso“ directly behind the museum. The first building to be reconstructed was completed after four years' work in 2016. A section of the wood and earth wall and the west gate of Roman main camp give an impression of this ancient mode of building. In 2022 the guard house at the west gate was added.
Guard house at the west gate
A new building on the Roman Building Site Aliso
After nine months' work a new building was completed on the Roman Building Site in 2022: the guard house at the west gate. The building has been reconstructed, using the half-timbering technique. Willow rods were fixed between oak-wood posts and covered in a thick layer of clay. The roof is covered with tiles made of larch-wood.
It is not clear from archaeological investigations how the building was originally equipped. Positioned directly at the camp wall, it probably served as a shelter and store for the guards on the wall. A small room, the only one with a warming wooden floor, has been reconstructed as an orderly room for the officer on duty.
Europe's first Roman Escape Room has been set up in the guard house. The task set to its users to be solved in an hour: decipher a plan of escape by which the Romans can escape at dead of night from Aliso, surrounded by Germanic tribesmen. Carpe noctem – escape from Aliso is the motto.
More information, bookings too: here!
West gateway and parts of the wood and earth wall
From archaeological evidence to 1:1 reconstruction
The planning for the first building phase began in 2012: part of of the wood and earth wall with a v-shaped ditch outside the wall and the west gate of the Roman main camp.
In the process archaeologists, architects and building historians studied the evidence of the excavation, discussed it and then reconstructed the original 1:1. Every post in the west gate is exactly in the position in which the original was detected in the excavation. Sections of the adjoining wood and earth wall with a v-shaped ditch outside the wall were likewise reconstructed exactly in the places in which Roman soldiers positioned them in the time of Augustus.
More camp buildings are being planned for a second phase. As an archaeological building site, they will be reconstructed, employing Roman techniques and using the materials and tools of Roman times.