Herculaneum vs. Colchester


As an archaeological site that represents a precise moment in time, Herculaneum gives us a rare glimpse of ancient life and society in the Roman world. The wealth of information modern archaeologists have gained from the site came at a heavy price for the city's citizens, as the town was buried in pyroclastic flows when Mount Vesuvius erupted in in 79 AD. Hopefully Herculaneum will have a better fate today and won't get “buried” by the competition in ArchaeoMadness.


Pliny the Elder mentioned Colchester (Camulodunum) in his Natural History in 77AD, giving rise to the municipality’s claim to be the oldest recorded town in Britain. Colchester originated as a Celtic capital, dating back at least to the 1st century BC. Colchester was briefly the capital of Roman Britain and, in addition to being home of two of Britain’s, five Roman theaters, the town contains the remains of an 11th century castle constructed under orders from William the Conqueror. Will Colchester get the respect it deserves in ArchaeoMadness?

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