Swarovski Kristallwelten (Swarovski Crystal Worlds) has acquired a new historical asset: Starting right now, the Roman Excavations are open to the public, allowing visitors to literally open a window on the past. In the course of the extensive reconstruction work carried out in 2014, wall remains dating back to Roman times were discovered, together with an important cache of coins.
“A bridge between the past and the future”
The past, present, and future all come together in Swarovski Crystal Worlds: While the Chambers of Wonder in the Giant and the artistic landscapes in the garden are all about contemporary design, visitors are now also provided with a look back into history – in fact, as far back as into the ancient world.
In the view of the archaeologists who made the discovery, the wall remains were from a Roman country estate or a small settlement on the Roman road leading through the Lower Inn Valley. Particularly remarkable was, in addition, the discovery of a treasure consisting of 702 Roman silver coins, known as “Antoninians”. Just like the masonry, they resurfaced after almost two thousand years under the ground.