Skip to comments.Roman road discovered during digging in German city Aachen
Posted on 11/09/2017 11:37:48 PM PST by SunkenCiv
Aachen city archaeologist Andreas Schaub told the dpa news agency Tuesday the road is about six meters (yards) wide and is thought to possibly date back to the second century. Schaub says the road could have connected the important settlement in Aachen to what is today the Dutch city of Maastricht.
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Cool! Visiting Roman ruins in W. Germany was a favorite weekend drive to do when I was stationed there. That was one of the best things about having military topographical maps because they were well-marked on them.
There's quite a lot, too, and more found each year. For that matter, about ten years ago, a "rescue" dig in Copenhagen Denmark in a suspected old site turned up a Roman cemetery. Roman settlement, rule, trade, and influence was spread quite a bit farther east and north than has been the drumbeat for generations. There was no "Battle That Stopped Rome" -- when the Romans quit, they did so because of diminishing returns (IOW, there was nothing worth the cost of conquest, or, there were much richer pickings elsewhere all of a sudden).
All I remember seeing there of Roman times is the city wall of Regensburg (Castra Regina).
“...when the Romans quit, they did so because of diminishing returns (IOW, there was nothing worth the cost of conquest, or, there were much richer pickings elsewhere all of a sudden).”
How about this for a limiting factor - they stopped when they didn’t find any more natural warm mineral springs where they could indulge in the Roman bath experience? This observation could apply to Germany and England. I suppose if they ever heard of Iceland’s warm springs, they would have launched boats and tried to run off the Vikings and their descendants.
The road was discovered as workers dug to install security barriers to secure the city's annual Christmas market.
So the road's discovery is owed to Islamic terrorism.
You don’t need warm springs to have warm water. The Romans certainly knew how to heat water.
Aachen was later Charlemagne’s capital and the ceremonial capital of the Holy Roman Empire for the better part of a millennium.
“All I remember seeing there of Roman times is the city wall of Regensburg”
Me too. And York.( The Viking museum is excellent!) Love seeing history.
The best thing I got to see when it comes to history was spending an afternoon at the Brandenburg gate a few months after the wall came down. Families being reunited after decades. Even the soldiers were getting teary eyed. Great day.
Found this yesterday.
Best Brandenburg Gate memory: my sister visited me for a week. I took leave and rented a car, and showed her a week’s worth of Germany (not enough). It being, as far as I knew, my one chance in a lifetime, after going properly around the BG going east, I flopped a U-ey in Pariser Platz and returned to the west *through* the gate.
I don’t know how it is now, but at the time, the road was marked for buses only. 1995.
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