Rome on the Rhine

If you believe the press, most important Roman activity took place in either Italy or Britain, but archaeologists and historians know a different story, as evidenced by the treasures of the Roman-Germanic Museum in Cologne, Germany. Deutsche Welle has a review. (photos)

Visitors to the museum receive a rare treat, viewing a Roman mosaic in its original setting, meters below the floor. While built to showcase the gorgeous floor covering of a Roman villa, the museum introduces millions to archaeological discoveries from the past fifty years, including the reconstructed tomb of Roman legionnaire Lucius Poblicius, 1,000 glass jars, and amazing pieces of jewelry, all from excavations near Cologne.