Archaeologists unearth 2,000-year-old Roman bowl

A Roman blue glass bowl was discovered in Nijmegen, the Netherlands.

At its height, the ancient Roman Empire extended far beyond Italy, reaching Spain, Britain, and Germany. Archaeologists continue to uncover remains of this mighty civilizationlike luxurious villas and lost highways.

And although most of these discoveries are in broken fragments, a lucky team of archaeologists from the Netherlands discovered a rare Roman glass bowl in mint condition.

The 2,000-year-old object was excavated in Nijmegen, the oldest city in the Netherlands, which was settled by the Romans as a military camp.

The archeologist Pepijn van de Geer and his team discovered the bowl, medium in size and without any breaks or cracks, and quickly determined that it was “Roman-made” and had probably been made in a glass workshop in Germany or Italy. It has an intense blue color, with a striated texture on the sides.

“These plates were made by letting the molten glass cool and harden in a mould,” explains Van de Geer to the Dutch regional newspaper De Stentor. “The stripe pattern was drawn when the glass mixture was still liquid. The metal oxide is what gives it the blue color.” In addition to the bowl, the archaeologists discovered other finds that will allow us to know even more about Roman life, such as houses, wells, everyday objects, jewelry and even tombs.