After a dig last year in Gernsheim, in southwestern Germany, archaeologists from Frankfurt University felt intrigued and wanted to learn more. Since then, they have found artifacts from a Roman village that was built in the area after soldiers left their fort behind in 120 AD.
The most recent findings revealed the foundation of a stone building, fire pits, at least two wells, cellar pits, ceramics, among other small artifacts. However, the objects still need to be dated.
“We’ve also found real treasures such as rare garment clasps, several pearls, parts of a board game (dice, playing pieces) and a hairpin made from bone and crowned with a female bust,” Maurer explained.
The archaeologist concluded that the people who lived in the village were most likely family members of the soldiers that had left or tradespeople.
“A temporary downturn probably resulted when the troops left — this is something we know from sites which have been studied more thoroughly,” said Maurer, who further explained that since stone buildings were already built throughout the “Gernsheim Roman village,” this meant that this village was probably very prosperous.
According to the release, the traditional dresses and coins found also signify that the population mainly consisted of people from Gallic-Germanic origins, along with a few “true” Romans. Specifically, the researchers noted that one of the coins found was from Bithynia (Northwest Anatolia).
(…)As history indicates, the fort was built to take over larger areas to the east of the Rhine around the seventh decade of the 1st century AD. It also allowed for traffic infrastructure to expand, because the location was easily accessible.
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