A team of archaeologists from the Goethe University in Frankfurt are excavating a villa that was built on the foundations of what was once a Roman camp very close to the town of Gernshein, in Hesse Ried, Germany.
The exact reasons are not known, but at a certain point in history, the cohort of Roman soldiers dismantled the camp, filled in the defensive trenches and left the place around 120 AD, where it is believed that they were transferred to Limes, on the border of the Empire.
As stated Thomas maurer, director of the team of archaeologists in a statement, “There was some temporary setback when the troops left this place, something that, although it is necessary to continue investigating, it has been shown that the same has happened in other similar cases”.
At the current site, the team of researchers has found what are the foundations of a stone building, with two wells and cellars, which could lead to think that it was one or more households. Brooches, various pearls, a hairpin made of bone, strange clothing items and pieces of what appears to be a board game such as dice and various other items have also been found.
It is believed that most of the residents of this place were from Gallo-Germanic origin, although there may be the possibility that some Roman citizens came from other parts as confirmed by some of the remains found such as pieces of traditional clothing or some coins that at that time were not in circulation in certain areas than at that time then it was the Superior Germania, showing that they came from different places.
One of the coins found came from Bithynia, in the northwestern part of Anatolia and it is thought that it was possibly carried there by someone as a reason to remember their land.
From this corner it can be said that The excavation began in 2014 and since a large number of finds have been made, it is very likely that they will continue for several more years, which would be fantastic news, not only for the team of archaeologists but for all of us who love archeology and history.
All the documentation and findings of these excavations will be one of the most important pillars for the next scientific work, where great information will be revealed that will be very useful in different fields.
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