The Roman Bath Houses
Following the Arbeia project I was taken on by Tyne and Wear museums to produce some reconstructions of the bath house at Arbeia for inclusion on a CD-ROM which was co-produced in Spain and Portugal. The CD highlighted similarities in Roman architecture and culture on the Atlantic fringes of the Empire. One room from the bath house at Segedunum Roman Fort was also included in the project. A sample video from the CD-Rom can be downloaded Here .
This image shows the Atrium of the baths and Praetorium. The corridor ahead leads to the Commanding Officer's personal residences (an impressive built reconstruction of which also exists at the site). The entrance to the baths is just off to the right of screen.
This image shows the cold room (frigidarium) at Arbeia. These were often decorated in a maritime theme and some excavatory evidence of the cherub-like designs has been found on site.
Another view of the frigidarium showing the cold plunge pool and decorations.
The hot room (Caldarium) at Arbeia. Decorative designs were created on consultation with archaeologists on site.
The caldarium at Segedunum showing the bath on the right and the fountain (labrum) on the left. Cold water splashed from the fountain on to the hot floor creating a sauna like atmosphere. A sample of the video created for this room can be downloaded here.