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lots of old fun Sep 09, 2015
After we finished our course it was a good idea to have some fun, and we (the students) agreed to visit this site. (I have been here once before to accompany a group of schoolchildren, and enjoyed that visit). The Archeon is a history theme park, where three timeframes or era's are set up - all three existed on which is now the country of the Netherlands: Prehistory (mesolithic, neolithic, bronze and iron age) Roman era, and Middle ages (early and late).

The park is located at the south side of Alpen aan den Rijn, we went there by car, because the park is far from public transport. I think this is a big disadvantage, amount of visitors went down over the last years, which is ashame because the park provides a need for history-education in a fun way. The day we went here it was not busy at all, lucky for us, but the park would benefit by more visitors.

Everywhere you go in the park archeo-hosts will explain about life in that specific time-frame. After a brief visit to the mesolithic age, which was still a hunter-gatherers society, we went on the neolithic age. Farming was introduced and the archeo-farmer explained life in that era. After the explanation we decided to skip the time-order, so we continued our way to the Roman bathhouse (Thermae) and looked there for the "unctrix" to get a massage - the Roman way. In Roman times these jobs were done by slaves. While we got a massage on our arms, we learned a lot about Roman bathculture, both in big cities as well in small country settlements; that the unctrix was an educated slave, with a future possibility to buy his or her freedom (by selling body fat and hair of gladiators); and how you could even tell the difference between rich and poor people in the bathhouse. After this intermezzo we got back on our traces to the iron age, where the archeo-host talks vividly about it. Most interesting detail is that the houses were plastered with cow dung.

It was getting lunchtime, and despite what we just learned our picknick lunch was a good one. Now it was time for the middle ages, we listened to a story about a quest, made bracelets with felt, and learned a lot about late medieval medication and healing. On the medieval streets it was getting quieter, and we realized everyone was getting to the Roman village for the Arena where the gladiator fight was about to commence, so we also went that way. It seems the Roman prefect bought our entrance tickets for the Arena - which ofcourse had nothing to do with next week elections.

We were briefed about the rules of the fight, with the help of a appointed volunteer from the audience, whose name was quikcly converted from Pete to Brutus. Then the actual gladiator fight started, with a winner and a looser ofcourse. Although all the wild kids at the audience shouted for his death the prefect decided to offer mercy. After all: trained gladitors are valuable.

The visiting schoolkids were now leaving the park, and while it was now very quiet and peaceful we decided we to try the archery. I was totally out of practise, since none of my arrows did hit the board. Before we started our journey home we payed a visit to the Triclinium at the Roman village for a drink. We talked a bit and agreed it was a well spent day.
Entrance, replica of ancient Roman…
Me getting some help to make a fir…
He did it!
Iron age settlement
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Ils1976 says:
heb er nu al busladingen naartoe gebracht met onze bussen, maar wil er nu zelf wel eens een kijkje gaan nemen! :D
Posted on: Oct 06, 2015
walterman9999 says:
good review
Posted on: Sep 29, 2015
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