Showcasing the Roman Period

Roman added value while eating ice cream

Every year, the Shop Window into Roman Times is intended to give visitors to Flavia Solva a new, small insight into Roman times that goes beyond the general information about Flavia Solva on the opposite side of the building. In passing, so to speak, something new can thus be discovered - ideally with an ice cream in hand - often about current research projects of the Department of Archaeology and Coin Cabinet at the Universalmuseum Joanneum.

Preview 2023:

Solva à la Carte

Curated by Barbara Porod, Johanna Kraschitzer and Gudrun Praher-Malderle

This presentation explores the question of what was cooked with what tableware in Flavia Solva.

During the Roman rule, a new kind of ceramic spectrum emerged, in which individual forms of the preceding late Iron Age continued to be used. This points to a change in day-to-day habits, either due to new raw materials – in particular, plants – new tools for preparing food, or new recipes. Ceramics that were not used for preserving, preparing or consuming food were deliberated left out of this presentation. Higher priced, imported tableware is also not included.

The focus lies on the attempt at a reconstruction of everyday practice on the basis of several components, namely preserved remains of plants and animals (what was eaten?), forms of vessels (stewed? roasted? baked? fermented?), the material (breathable, fire-resistant?), excavation findings from households (always just ‘take-aways’ or self-cooked? and for how many people?) and the comparison with preindustrial Styrian household practice (do similar circumstances in a natural environment lead to similar solutions?). 

Current results from two projects from the Archaeology and Coin Cabinet department flow into the presentation, namely from the already completed project PalaeoDiversiStyria, a cross-border project as part of the cooperation programme INTERREG V A Slowenien–Österreich 2014–2020, which was financed by funds from the European Fund for Regional Development (EFRD), and the project Fundbearbeitung Flavia Solva, which runs until 2025 and is supported by funds from the State of Styria and the Federal Monuments Office.



The archaeological peepshow Expand Box

Curated by Barbara Porod

While in peepshows naked or scantily clad persons can be observed for sexual stimulation in exchange for money, here we show you archaeological objects.

As a vending machine for sexual stimulation where middle-class men can secretly buy the commodity of women, the peepshow phenomenon was the subject of debate soon after the first establishment opened in Munich in 1976. The fact that women or couples put themselves on display while the customers remained invisible was received ambivalently, to say the least, and led to the legal opinion in Germany as early as 1982 that peep shows could no longer be licensed.

Today, peepshows in Germany are likely to be considered extinct due to legislation, and in Austria, too, the Internet is a competitor that is difficult to compete against.

In the archaeological peepshow there are relatively few naked bodies (parts) to be seen, the visitors are visible, the insertion of coins obsolete. The display behind a peephole, however, gives us the opportunity to bring small objects into focus.

Flavia Solva

Marburgerstraße 111
8435 Wagna, Österreich
T +43-316/8017-9560


Opening Hours

Here you can discover the oldest town in Styria—24 hours a day, 365 days a year, and free of charge. Take a walk round the building and look through the showcase at the objects of Roman times or explore the archaeological site! Information is available at several points on the way.