Grumentum: traces of traffic

Miko Flohr, 18/04/2018

This is the central road of the Roman city of Grumentum,  close to the point where it enters the city’s forum (I was standing with my back to the plaza when I took this picture). Well-paved, it was probably about the most intensively used street-section in the city, and wheeled traffic clearly has left its mark on the surface. Yet, as you can see, it was not easy to get to this point – the city was situated on a hill-top which, though not very high, could only be reached over a number of rather steep slopes.