On Friday 8 June, Year 8 girls had a day exploring the archaeological remains at Fishbourne Roman Palace.
Their Latin course features the British King Cogidubnus and the villa, so this was an excellent opportunity for the girls to contextualise their studies. They were able to examine the largest collection of Roman mosaics in Britain including the outstanding ‘Cupid on a Dolphin’. The museum emphasised the cosmopolitan nature of the villa, while the archaeological handling sessions encouraged them to make deductions from 2000 year old fragments such as roof tiles, oyster shells and Samian ware. In the garden, the girls enjoyed learning about Roman plants, tried out a summer triclinium and some even had the chance to dress as Roman matronae.