Roman Day at Baldock…March 21, 2009
…was a delight. Lovely to see so many young families enthusiastic about history, helped by some inspiring re-enactors and a great team from the Museum service.
My own favourite discoveries of the day
1) Roman ‘must’ (grape juice) cake dolloped with honey
2) a pottery feeding-bottle for a baby (the ancient equivalent of our ‘training beaker’?)
3) a team of wooden pull-along toy horses based on one in the British Museum
4) Best of all – the discovery that it IS possible to put long hair up using only one of those big clunky Roman hair-pins, if you’re prepared to suffer much twisting and pulling. (Many thanks here to Cas, who knows about this sort of thing.) The insecurity of the finished result also explains why so many lost hair-pins turn up on Roman excavations.
LATER – I’d delayed publishing this post to wait for a photo of the lone Roman hair-pin in action. (It’s very hard to photograph the back of your own head.) Sadly, now that we have a camera assistant, the hair refuses to co-operate. Please use your imagination.