For this week's Old and Weathered theme, I decided to visit a site in Clermont that's really old - the archeological dig going on right downtown. Some of you might remember this being featured in the Architecture theme back in May.
So I went over there with my camera to see how things were coming along, and here we are: All that old stuff is safely stowed away under three or four feet of fill, with a nice asphalt top and a decorative sprinkling of cars. Sometime in the next month, they'll rip it up again and start on the foundations of a whole new block full of buildings.
So I'm foiled in my idea for this week's post. And it's a shame, in a way, to bury such history, but then I consider the alternative. If you couldn't build where stuff was built before, there wouldn't be any space left. This entire area, the whole country, ok the continent, has been inhabited for millennia. You can't plant a tree without coming across some sign of earlier human activity.
On all three of the different routes to walk home from the summit of our local mountain, the trail follows vestiges of the old Roman road. That's even what it's called where it crosses one of the villages. Roman Road. Not just a name, this is the very road the Romans built when they swept through here in the first century of the common era. They built a temple on the mountain, the Temple of Mercury (whose picture I will post tomorrow because I don't seem to have transferred it to the right drive...), which was meant to figure in the Incongruous theme. There's not just a weather station and military outpost and communications relay topping our mountain, but the ruins of a 1st century roman temple, all elbow to elbow.
Anyway. I do have plenty of pictures of old & weathered stuff. I love that kind of stuff. So for my Friday visitors, here's a link to last month's delightful visit to Culoz.
Sorry, no old or weathered zebra.