Roman Boat Discovered in the Netherlands

A Roman barge, used to deliver stone for fortifications, has been discovered in Woerden in the Netherlands. Dutch archaeologists are excited about the recent discovery of a first century CE Roman barge, thought to have been used to deliver materials for military fortifications. The barge, was unearthed near the Dutch town of Woerden, once the site of Castellum Laurium on the Rhine River, and would have accomodated twelve rowers.

"This is the first time we have evidence that these barges could sail back upstream," archaeologist Wouter Vos said.

The well-preserved boat measured about 30 meters long and was made of wood.

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