Cape Cod's Nature Place

The Cape Cod Museum of Natural History


Lunch 'n Learn: Discovering the Romans


with Sebastian Sommer

Wednesday, May 1st at 11:30 am

Admission: Non-Member $25 / Member $15 / Includes Program, Box Lunch & Museum Entrance 

Advance Tickets Recommended: 508-896-3867, ext. 133 

Sandwich choices include Roast Beef, Turkey Club or Tomato Basil

For more information please call: 508-896-3867, ext. 133

On Wednesday, May 1st at 11:30am Roman Archaeologist Sebastian Sommer will present Discovering the Romans; Methods to Detect and Understand Remains of the Past other than Excavation.

Usually, the strategy of archaeological research focuses on excavations of ancient sites. However, excavations can only be limited, therefore providing just a keyhole view into a site, and are connected with high costs during and after the intervention. Additionally, as every excavation leads to the (partial) destruction of the site, in the past decades methods such as aerial photography, geophysics and airborne laser scanning (LIDAR or ALS) have been developed and used to discover and explore sites without interfering with the complex structures underground. Mr. Sommer will discuss these methods and their application focusing on sites of the Roman frontier (Limes) in Germany.

Sebastian Sommer is Roman archaeologist, dealing primarily with Roman frontier studies focused mainly in Germany and Britain. He also deals primarily with heritage management, as the State Conservator for Bavaria. Sebastian and his family are frequent visitors to Cape Cod.