Even though there are signs of earlier habitation, the history of people living in Heerlen starts with the arrival of the Romans. They founded a military settlement and named it Coriovallum. The settlement was founded on the crossroad of two main roads: Boulogne sur Mer - Cologne and Xanten - Trier. Heerlen and the suroundings still contain alot of evidence of Romanlife, villas and farms, but most notable is the Thermae, a Roman bathhouse (only a few have been found in the Netherlands), discovered in 1940. A museum, also housing other Roman finds, has been build over the Thermae and opend its doors in 1977.
Digital Archaeology is realizing a 5-minutes Animation which will introduce the visitor to the bachhouse. Interactive Installations in accompany to the exibition will allow the visitor to learn more about the Life in the roman Bathhouse and it´s modern building technologies. The Projet will be realized until Autuum 2006.