The virtual reconstructions are chronologically set at the time when the fort was fully functioning as a Roman military compound.
The end result of a virtual 3D reconstruction is often surprising and provides an admirable display owing to its power and visual impact. However, before that milestone can be reached, first a slew of collective research, 2D and 3D sketches, and tests must be conducted, along with a false start or two, all of which contribute to shaping the final form of the reconstruction.
THE VIA NOVA
Importance of the inland route connecting Braga and Astorga. Presence of gold in the parish. Appearance of new settlements and novel lifestyle practices (Baños de Riocaldo).
THE GATES OF THE FORT
Watch tower. Commanding a view of both those outside and those found inside the fort.
Everyday life. Quarters where meals are prepared, sleeping quarters, life is lived side by side with the other soldiers. Within Aquis Querquennis there are interior courtyards for social gatherings, games, and the like.
Administrative area: paperwork, state officials… where a typical bureaucratic mess can be represented: for example, a dispute over contracts.
Military hospitals are historic landmarks. These are the first representatives of their kind and further indicate that the state looked after the health of its troops. Not because they were special, rather owing to the fact that they were the only institutional representatives of the state on site and because they were also a valuable resource: it took time to train them.
THE GRANARIES (“HORREA”)
These illustrate the enormous undertaking involved in military logistics. Their use involved the gathering of produce in pace with the rhythms of agricultural output and played a role in tax collection.