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Final Link in Roman’s German Defenses Uncovered

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Final Link in Roman’s German Defenses Uncovered
Dana Parker
 
Archaeologists in Germany believe they have finally uncovered the final link in Ancient Rome’s border defense system. The camp, located on the banks of the river Lippe, served as a major base for the over 1,000 legionaries who served under General Nero Claudius Drusus, the stepson of Augustus Caesar. The base was operational from approximately 11 BC to 7 BC and may have served as a important border control station for the Roman army, as well as a supply depot. 
 
The Lippe area first came to the attention of archaeologists 100 years ago with the discovery of a bronze helmet near the town of Olfen. The camp has remained undisturbed for over 2,000 years, and excavators have already uncovered coins, pottery, and defense systems, and aerial photography has provided a clear image of the mote which used to surround the camp.

 

The Germanic wars were among the bloodiest in Roman history, and part of Augustus’ plan to protect and strengthen the Roman empire in the wake of Julius Caesar’s assassination and his own rise to power. The discovery of an virtually intact Roman camp form the era will allow archaeologists to gain further insight into the way the Roman empire waged long term warfare, as well as provide a valuable glimpse into life during the period. 

While there is much to uncover and study, the current focus will be to properly preserve the site and its contents, a process which may take decades.

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http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/germany/8853054/Lost-Roman-camp-that-protected-against-Germanic-hordes-found.html
 

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