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What are the visitor’s needs of a Roman cultural route?

Independently from the target group, visitors and tourists wish for the combination of
interestingly designed archaeological learning offers with fun, sociability and good meals.

5.1. Design of Interesting Learning Offers

For the concrete design of attractive learning offers, the following suggestions were made:

1.1. Online Learning

The possibility of online learning through online essay writing service could be used by learners in preparation of their on site visit.
A visitor, who will have dealt with the archaeological site virtually in advance,
1. will be encouraged to visit the archaeological site in reality
2. will gain much more knowledge on the sightseeing tour than without preparation.
(“One only sees, what one knows.”)

For these purposes, the following virtual offers could be developed:

ƒMaterials, such as cooking recipes or templates for handicrafts (i.e. Limes towers), might
be put on the ROMIT website as .pdf-documents. So learnes could prepare their excursions
to an archaeological site in a quite sensual way.
ƒVirtual sightseeing tours through restored sites could be offered. Con: High technical
effort. => Probably it would be more economic to offer drawings instead of a virtual
round tour.
ƒIn relation to the topic “virtualization”, it is recommended to study the conference transcript
of the intervallic congress CAA (Computer Applications in Archaeology).

1.2 Learning On Site

ƒVisualization eases the visitor’s introduction into Roman topics. For example, the Roman
thermae in Xanten are visualized on colored plexiglass. Something similiar could be developed
for the archaeological sites of the ROMIT cultural route, especially for those
that are barely visible.
ƒImpartation of experiences: Just a vitrine with exhibits does not impart experiences to
the visitor. Experiences only arise by the lively combination of the exhibit with well-
known or ostensive elements. For these purposes, historic Roman groups could depict
aspects of Roman life (i.e. by try-ons of chain mails, helmets etc.)

ƒImpartation of intineraric thinking by
o the design of a modern map in the style of the Tabula Peutingeriana
o the comparison of the Tabula Peutingeriana with a satellite map, on which the
paths of the Tabula Peutingeriana are traced.

This way of representation is ‘sensual’ and ‘provides fun’. Such a map should be purchasable.

ƒLectures and/or guided tours should enrich and revive the archaeological site.
ƒAt each archaeological site, hints on other parts of the cultural route should be explicitly
given. Also background information should be provided, highlighting the connections
between the different parts of the cultural route. Tourist guides should be designed accordingly.

2. Fun
It was assumed that „people want a Roman Disneyland“. However, it was not further discussed
to what extent this thesis applies and what exactly is expressed by the term “Roman Disneyland”.

3. Sociability
For the satisfaction of the human need for social contacts, it was suggested to offer guided
tours on the archaeological sites. On the one hand, these would impart knowledge, on the
other hand, they would embed the visitor into a group of other visitors.

4. Gastronomy
It was suggested, that the Roman sites could co-operate with the local gastronomy. The
gastronomes could offer a choice of Roman meals.

5. Incentives for the Visit of Several Sites of the Cultural Route
An attractive offer for visitors and tourists might be, for example, a “Roman Rally”. A tourist
could receive stamps into their ‘bonus booklet’ for the visit of several sites of the cultural
route. If the booklet is complete, the visitor might be asked to answer a little Roman quiz.
Then the bonus could be honored, i.e. as a free Roman meal at an co-operating inn.

6. Target Group Specific Access to the Cultural Route
To make the access to the cultural route for different target groups attractive, the following
suggestions were made:

ƒA brochure should be provided with special information for
ƒOn the ROMIT website, individual route suggestions should be requestable for the visit of
Roman sites.
ƒIt should be possible, to get route suggestions for GPS devices that can be used by the
navigation system of the car.

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