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“Did the Romans keep chickens?”
“Did the Romans smoke?”
“Was there coffee in Roman times?”
All quite tricky questions for a seven year old. I wonder how many grown ups comprehend that the answer to all three has to be no as all three are from non european places.
While the Romans did have a sort of burger made from off cuts of meat cooked together in a flattened round the french fries hasn’t arrived yet.
Visiting a reconstructed village based on local Roman remains and archeology is very interesting. They grow vegetables a bit and keep livestock. The later mediaeval section shows progression but the globalised world we live in helps the children realise that the lady statue can’t be holding a mobile phone. It’s all a puzzle.
The hens arrived a lot later. Hard to see a hen as a jungle animal. Not as exotic as an orangutan.
We are so used to the things that are around us we cannot imagine how many are not local at all.
Are you surprised by the every day items that are actually exotic in life today?
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