A long interview with Joseph Rottmann, the head of the Varrusschlacht Musum in Osnabrück, in the Oznabrücker Zeitung.
Several highlights: 80,000 people visited the site last year, an increase of 5%. This despite a price increase. And 75% of visitors came from outside the region. The new visiting exhibition is going to be about pharohs and mummification, and the big annual exhibition is going to be about Germanicus. Little update on the archaeology since lead archaeologist Günther Moosbauer left in October to head up the Gäubodenmuseum in Bavaria.
He is understandably concerned about further state cuts to heritage budgets (I blogged about them in December 2012). He uses the vivid phrase: "Die Zitrone ist weitgehend ausgepresst, mehr Sparpotenzial gibt es quasi nicht" "The lemon is pretty much squeezed out. There really aren't any more potentials for savings."
The full interview is here.
A couple of pieces in the papers today on Roman Britain. First off, a new excavation at the Roman fort a Ilkley. Likely to date to the first century AD it was probably built as part of Agricola's expansion. There is a story in the Telegraph & Argus and a good video report.
Further north, I mentioned the Roman villa at at Quarry Farm by Ingleby Barwick, on Teeside, south of Hadrian's Wall a couple of weeks ago. The Northern Echo has a piece about an exhibition on the discovery which was launched yesterday. Story here.
Readers may recall that I had a great deal of fun last August shooting the Roman segment of a documentary with Pioneer Productions called Secrets of Underground London for PBS. At the time I posted about filming in London's amphitheatre here.
The documentary had originally been scheduled for January, but I understand that it is now likely to go out in the autumn. What those nice people at PBS have done, however, is put up the documentary for anyone to watch online. The Roman section runs for the first five minutes. You can see it here. I hope that you enjoy it.
For more on the amphitheatre, Maev Kennedy has a really unpleasant piece in the Guardian today about headhunters who gathered the heads of executed enemies or fallen gladiators and exposed them in open pits.