Masada: Roman siegeworks

Mas_2017-12-10-0034-Edit

Masada, Camp F © David Gill

The remains of the Roman siegeworks of Masada have been preserved in the desert. The main fort was located on the western side of Masada, opposite the northern palace. One of the roles was to provide a location of troops close to the siege ramp that was being constructed.

The siege wall can be seen in front of the fort heading for the edge of the wadi.

One of the current issues facing the forts is that increased visitor numbers threaten their preservation.

Reference
Gwyn Davies. “Under Siege: The Roman Field Works at Masada.” Bulletin of the American Schools of Oriental Research, no. 362, 2011, pp. 65–83. JSTOR, www.jstor.org/stable/10.5615/bullamerschoorie.362.0065.

St Olave’s Priory: undercroft

IMG_8729

St Olave’s Priory © David Gill

The refectory undercroft at St Olave’s Priory in Norfolk is in remarkable condition. The bricked in doorway led from the undercroft to the kitchen court.

IMG_8721

St Olave’s Priory © David Gill

Eleusis in Cambridge

IMG_0069-Edit

Caryatid from Eleusis, Fitzwilliam Museum © David Gill

One of the caryatids from the Roman ‘lesser propylaia’ in the sanctuary of Demeter at Eleusis was obtained by E.D. Clarke and now resides in the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge. It is currently part of an art installation by Hugo Dalton.

Another caryatid from the ‘lesser propylaia’ is now displayed in the Eleusis Museum. Both appeared in the documentary, ‘The Sacred Way‘, by Michael Wood (1991).

100-2734

Caryatid from Eleusis, Eleusis Museum © David Gill

The lesser Propylaia was a benefaction of Appius Claudius Pulcher.

DCP_2705.JPG

Lesser Propylaia, Eleusis © David Gill

DCP_2702.JPG

Dedicatory inscription, Lesser Propylaia, Eleusis © David Gill

Slype at Thetford

IMG_1846

Thetford Priory © David Gill

The slype, or corridor, in Thetford Priory is found at the south-east corner of the cloister, and to the south of the chapter house. It linked to the infirmary.

IMG_1845

Slype, Thetford Priory © David Gill

See also the slype at the Cluniac foundation of Crossraguel.

Dundrennan Abbey: night-stairs and dorter

IMG_0445

Dundrennan Abbey © David Gill

The site of the night stairs from the dorter at Dundrennan Abbey are located in the south transept.

IMG_0446

Dundrennan Abbey © David Gill

The dorter was located above the chapter house, and remains of one of the windows can be seen in the upper section.

IMG_0466

Dundrennan Abbey © David Gill

IMG_0453

Dundrennan Abbey © David Gill

IMG_0451

Dundrennan Abbey © David Gill

The reredorter was located at the southern end of the range.

The Saxon Shore: Reculver

IMG_5814

Reculver, Late Roman walls © David Gill

One of the Late Roman Saxon Shore forts in Kent was located at Reculver. Although the northern parts of the fort have eroded into the sea, the line of the walls can be traced on the landward side, especially to the east.