The village Neumarkt im Tauchental is not spectacular, but it has at least an archaeological treasure worthwhile to photograph. Almost 30 years have passed since I have been the last time in Neumarkt. I’m sure, I was back then assisting my brother-in-law to photograph the Roman tombstone (200 AD). The marble tombstone (155 cm x 70 cm) is masterfully carved and shows perfect portraits of a Roman family with Celtic roots. It is walled in the south side of the bell tower.
The man on the right (point of view: if you look at it) wears a toga and a tunic. He holds with his left hand the Roman civic role and touches it with his right hand as if he would take an oath.
The woman on the left side wears a traditional Celtic costume. Two large (typical for this region) fibula are holding the dress, two smaller fibula are holding the undergarment. She wears a double necklace and a bracelet on her right arm. She is holding something (maybe a fruit or a spindle) in her right hand. Her left hand is resting on the shoulder of the younger woman in the middle.
The young woman in the middle also wears a traditional Celtic costume. She has a choker made of four necklaces, two of them maybe made of pearls. Some other eye catching jewelry is attached on the dress. She has a bracelet on her right arm and several rings on her fingers. She is holding a large bunch of grapes. Btw, Romans didn’t introduce viticulture to Pannonia or Noricum. Wine was at least well known and produced in the region since Iron Age. The oldest grape seeds were found in a grave in Zagersdorf, which dates back to 700 BC.
The inscription, which is walled in on the west side of the bell tower belongs to this family.
C ˑ S A M V C O N I V S
SPECTATVUS ˑ ET ˑ AMVCA
BVRRANI ˑ F ˑ V ˑ F ˑ SIB ˑ ET ˑ
RESPECTILLE ˑ F ˑ DEF ˑ
AN ˑ XX ˑ
Spectatus et Amuca
Burani f(ilia) v(ivi) f(ecerunt) sib(i) et
Respectill(a)e f(iliae) def(unctae)
Caius Samunconius Spectatus and Amuca, the daughter of the Burranus, built during their lifetime (the tomb) for themselves and their daughter Respectilla, who died at the age of 20.
Caius Samunconius Spectatus is the name of the man. The three names, as well as the scroll in his left hand, signify him as a Roman citizen. The names Samuco, Samuconius is the Latin form, Amuca and Burran are Celtic. The name of the daughter, Respectilla, is Latin.
When I photographed the portraits I was really pissed off. There is some renovation going on, but they just stored the fences right in front of the best piece of the whole place. Seems to be a habit in Neumarkt, because there is also a WWI Memorial, which should be cleaned and not used as a store place for all sorts of unnecessary stuff. I cropped the picture left and right to get rid of this junk. The former tavern nearby is an impressive listed building. At last but not least the church itself: the Roman-Catholic church dates back to medieval times. It was built like a small castle and used as refuge fort during Ottoman Wars. Btw. it was closed.