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Roman military camp dating back to the conquest of Gaul throws light on a part of world history
Institute of Pre- and Protohistory ^ | Friday, September 14, 2012 | Dr. Sabine Hornung

Posted on 09/15/2012 7:36:07 PM PDT by SunkenCiv

In the vicinity of Hermeskeil, a small town some 30 kilometers southeast of the city of Trier in the Hunsrueck region in the German federal state of Rhineland-Palatinate, archaeologists from Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz (JGU) have confirmed the location of the oldest Roman military fortification known in Germany to date. These findings shed new light on the Roman conquest of Gaul. The camp was presumably built during Julius Caesars’ Gallic War in the late 50s B.C. Nearby lies a late Celtic settlement with monumental fortifications known as the "Hunnenring" or "Circle of the Huns," which functioned as one of the major centers of the local Celtic tribe called Treveri. Their territory is situated in the mountainous regions between the Rhine and Maas rivers...

The special historical significance of the Hermeskeil military camp lies in its relationship to the neighboring Treveran settlement "Hunnenring". Based on the findings of their recent excavations, Hornung and her team were able to confirm that this settlement was abandoned by its inhabitants around the middle of the 1st century B.C. Before the identification of the camp near Hermeskeil, however, it was only possible to speculate that this abandonment had had something to do with the Gallic War. In his "De Bello Gallico," Julius Caesar reported that the tribe of the Treveri was split into anti-Roman and pro-Roman factions. The anti-Roman faction, led by the aristocrat Indutiomarus and his relatives, fomented unrest that resulted in Roman reprisals in 54/53 B.C. and 51 B.C., over the course of which the Treveran resistance to the invaders was broken. The discoveries near Hermeskeil have potentially provided the first direct archaeological evidence for this dramatic episode in world history.

(Excerpt) Read more at uni-mainz.de ...


TOPICS: History; Science; Travel
KEYWORDS: france; germany; godsgravesglyphs; romanempire
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Roman military camp dating back to the conquest of Gaul throws light on a part of world history

1 posted on 09/15/2012 7:36:15 PM PDT by SunkenCiv
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To: SunkenCiv

ping


2 posted on 09/15/2012 7:40:57 PM PDT by dalebert
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To: SunkenCiv

I saw a History channel show about the conquest of Gaul, the Romans would be seen as evil today.


3 posted on 09/15/2012 7:41:55 PM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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To: StayAt HomeMother; Ernest_at_the_Beach; decimon; 1010RD; 21twelve; 24Karet; 2ndDivisionVet; ...

 GGG managers are SunkenCiv, StayAt HomeMother & Ernest_at_the_Beach
To all -- please ping me to other topics which are appropriate for the GGG list.


4 posted on 09/15/2012 7:42:34 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: GeronL
Apart from the sanitation, medicine, education, wine, public order, irrigation, roads, the fresh water system and public health, what have the Romans ever done for us?

--Reg
People's Front of Judea

5 posted on 09/15/2012 7:50:35 PM PDT by ExGeeEye (Wait a minute! Romney doesn't suck? I'm trying to keep up.)
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To: SunkenCiv

Vercingetorix lives!


6 posted on 09/15/2012 7:53:07 PM PDT by Standing Wolf
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To: ExGeeEye

lol.


7 posted on 09/15/2012 7:53:25 PM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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To: GeronL

Heh... the Gauls would also be seen as evil... and the Etruscans... and the Carthaginians... and the Greeks... and the Persians...


8 posted on 09/15/2012 7:59:31 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: SunkenCiv

Gallia Est Omnis Divisa in Partes Tres

(about the only thing I remember from my Latin classes)


9 posted on 09/15/2012 8:02:14 PM PDT by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open (<o> ---)
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To: smokingfrog

Heh... that’s in reference to post-Roman Gaul, upon the death of Charlemagne.


10 posted on 09/15/2012 8:07:29 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: smokingfrog

theres also the ever popular “sum, es, est, sumus, estis, sunt”..


11 posted on 09/15/2012 8:08:01 PM PDT by RitchieAprile
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To: SunkenCiv

Bring it, Chianti drinkers.

12 posted on 09/15/2012 8:19:26 PM PDT by SnuffaBolshevik (In a tornado, even turkeys can fly.)
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To: SunkenCiv

Reminds me of the “Asterix and Obelix” comic books... those were fun.


13 posted on 09/15/2012 8:24:59 PM PDT by Moorings
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To: SunkenCiv

Paving stones are important to the curb appeal of a home. The shoe nail needs to go.......sand would work better. I’m going to go out on a limb here, sunkenciv, but I estimate that a young barbarian couple would be willing to pay........20 cows for this charming rancher that really shows pride of ownership!


14 posted on 09/15/2012 8:35:02 PM PDT by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: SunkenCiv

Great PX they got there at that Roman military camp.....

“Whaddya got to drink?”

“Shoe nails.”

“Better’n rocks, I guess. Gimme a six-pack of shoe nails.”


15 posted on 09/15/2012 8:39:31 PM PDT by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: SunkenCiv

I guess it was standard military practice to slaughter entire cities, not just the Romans.


16 posted on 09/15/2012 8:45:44 PM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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To: GeronL
"I guess it was standard military practice to slaughter entire cities, not just the Romans."

I think the Romans usually tried to avoid that kind of waste. Julius Caesar sold thousands of Gauls into slavery after the battle of Alesia and became extremely wealthy because of it.

17 posted on 09/15/2012 8:59:29 PM PDT by Flag_This (Real presidents don't bow.)
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To: SunkenCiv

Gallia est omnis divisa in partes tres


18 posted on 09/15/2012 9:25:08 PM PDT by Pelham (Liberate the White House)
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To: RitchieAprile

Semper Ubi Sub Ubi.


19 posted on 09/15/2012 9:26:49 PM PDT by Pelham (Liberate the White House)
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To: Pelham

good advice.


20 posted on 09/15/2012 9:32:09 PM PDT by RitchieAprile
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