Skip to comments.Earliest military camp discovered at Carnuntum
Posted on 06/21/2014 2:10:58 PM PDT by SunkenCiv
Archaeologists have discovered one of the earliest Roman military camps in the Carnuntum on the Danube near Vienna.
The discovery of the extensive military camp, that is believed to be the size of six football pitches, was done using a high tech radar machine that can detect objects deep into the ground.
The camp was unearthed at the Archaeological Park Carnuntum, located in Lower Austria between Vienna and the Slovakian capital Bratislava. It was discovered near to the remains of an ancient village and researchers believe it is probably the earliest military camp at Carnuntum.
The discovery follows that made a few years ago in the same area of a colossal Roman gladiator school that once stood on the banks of the River Danube.
The remains were also discovered using innovative non-invasive archaeological techniques such as aerial mapping and ground penetrating lasers.
The ground radar enables researchers to three-dimensionally map the remains of the Roman city, by monitoring the electromagnetic waves on a computer screen. By the end of 2014 they hope to cover a further four square kilometres using this method.
(Excerpt) Read more at austriantimes.at ...
Or as Obama’s mentor Jeremiah Wright would say, “evidence discovered of origins of White European Imperialist War Machine”
Wow what era was this ? Thanks !
Can I get on your ping list...tanks.
5:27 PM .. Eastern ... or 1727
The archaeologists believe the camp dates to about 6 AD, which, if confirmed, could make it the winter camp of Emperor Tiberius.
Carnuntum eventually became a city of 50-thousand people and a major military and trade outpost linking the far-flung Roman empire’s Asian boundaries to its central and northern European lands.
It was one of the few Roman sites in Europe that was not built over during the Middle Ages, and has now become an archaeological park, which attracts some 160,000 visitors every year.
Is one of the Roman regional “capitals” at the start of Rome Total War: Barbarian Invasion
Yeah, the Romans just waltzed into Austria.
Dang. Can you imagine standing there? I'm getting chills thinking about it.
For that length of time....no. :)
They must have been totally frozen to the bone.
Oh, good point. Winter camp. But maybe it was during a global-warming period? And there was plenty of forest to burn in the firepits.
“Global-warming period”...this is Austria, nothing interupts the Skiing.
There are accounts of horrible winters around those years, but who knows.
Imagine how much forest it would take to heat that place.
Now, show us the actual GPR & LIDAR (if used) raw data.
At least their press-hype has got them a GPR rig transported on the front of a motorized buggy. The ones I've used are on a hand-pushed cart... '-)
Typical humorous "journalistic" reporting: "ground penetrating lasers"... <LOL!!!>
The archaeologists, no doubt, did some great work. What a shame to let the "popular press" butcher it like that...
The graphic comes from Archaeology magazine, not sure how popular they are. :’)
One would think that there is still sufficient extant evidence of at one section of the earthwork wall -- and of its position and outline -- to justify the dimensions, rounded corners, etc. as depicted.
Also, one would expect that evidence of tent footprints and tent spacing -- as well as of the fact that they were laid out in sections as shown -- showed up in GPR and/or excavation data.
With that info, you could map the known tent sites, etc., and 'fill in the blanks" using CGI.
If you ever run across more of that actual data, I would really appreciate getting a look at it!
I don't doubt at all that the Roman military were sufficiently organized and disciplined to lay out such a precise camp. What I'd like to see is the data that allowed (probably) sparse GPR readings to be extrapolated to create that detailed graphic. (GPR has never worked quite that well for me...) '-)