Excavations at the Taunus: Hope ceramic shards

is The round corner is treacherous. To this typical shape, archaeologists can identify a camp of the Roman army. The soldiers of the Empire went about digging a

Excavations at the Taunus: Hope ceramic shards

is The round corner is treacherous. To this typical shape, archaeologists can identify a camp of the Roman army. The soldiers of the Empire went about digging a trench around the camp, on which they opened for the night the tents. The earth from the ditch piled to a Wall, where you piles of buildings made of sharpened wood, with a palisade fence. This attachment was in the case of the Romans, to each bearing, even if it was only for a night. The shape was always the same, the warehouse is rectangular, longitudinal and cross through the two main led, and the corners were rounded. And this attachment has left traces in the soil, even after centuries are still visible.

Jan Schiefenhövel

a Freelance writer based in the Rhein-Main-Zeitung.

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The round corner of the Roman camp, archaeologists have discovered on the farmland to the East of the Deutsche Bank part of the city marxheim. Were found the traces without a ground-breaking ceremony, only by a magnetic measurement a few years ago. Where once a moat was dug, the earth's magnetic field a change in image, such as the archaeologist Daniel Burger-Völlmecke of the University of Frankfurt explained. In a preliminary investigation to clarify, where an excavation is worth it.

the reason for the magnetic measurement of the plans for the area are to the East of the Frankfurter Straße. There is to be created in the next few years the large building area marxheim II. The surface must be examined for traces of the past, before the remains are destroyed by the construction work, such as Dieter Neubauer says, district archaeologist at the state office for monument preservation. The magnetic field measurement, dragged on for several years, therefore, the researchers already have a good idea of the stock that you want to set free, as Burger Völlmecke says.

for weapons or jewelry is not wanted

It is a camp, not a castle, with buildings made of stone, but rather a place to camp for a tent city, which was perhaps used only for a night, maybe a whole summer long. The camp for a Legion, that is, for up to 6000 man who was right next to a highway, which were built by the Romans around the year 85 ad and which led to the present Hofheim over from the Roman base at Mainz in the Wetterau. The longitudinal sides of the bearing are exactly parallel to the road, archaeologists from the magnetic measurement know-how.

The antiquary, however, little hope of spectacular finds such as weapons or jewelry made of precious metal, such as the excavator says. Don't expect the finds, which could be exhibited in a Museum, but the findings, as it is called in the language of the scientists, so the traces in the ground, showing where the attachment went, or where there were waste pits.

The researchers are able to detect digging or pits of the Romans on the basis of discoloration in the soil. An excavator removes the humus layer of the field, so that a 30 cm deep pit is formed. The excavation team goes to work. Students are in-hand work to smooth out with a spatula to the floor. On this flat surface, the discoloration of the soil to see how Burger Völlmecke says.

According to the waste pits, the archaeologists are looking for, because they hope to gain clues as to the exact age of the camp. You can find shards of ceramic, you can derive from the Form of Dating. So far, they only know that the camp probably dates to the time from the first to the third century.

Updated Date: 31 July 2020, 04:22

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