The Hague | Dutch archaeologists said, on Wednesday, that two visible paths dating back to the Roman era, a channel more than ten meters wide and a road, were discovered last week in eastern Holland.
The discovery took place in the town of Oosterhout, near Nijmegen, which was an important city in Roman times and notably hosted permanent military camps registered since Tuesday as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The exposed road and aqueduct are about 2,000 years old and were built and used by the Roman army. It is a “unique” discovery of the eastern Netherlands, excited in a statement by the Dutch Archaeological Office RAAP.
The city of Nijmegen is located on the banks of the Rhine, which at that time represented the frontier of the Roman Empire. Many Roman soldiers were stationed along the river. The canal likely connected Nijmegen and the Rhine and was used to transport soldiers, supplies, and building materials.
The wide road that was discovered, whose original gravel coating has been preserved, allows us to learn more about the road network some 2,000 years ago, Eric Nord, the project leader, told AFP.
The Limes of Lower Germania, made up of military, civil and infrastructure sites on the borders of the Roman Empire, located today in Germany and the Netherlands, was listed on Tuesday as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Mr. Nour Al-Arba’d hopes that this discovery can one day be part of this legacy.
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