Roman Sites Explored in Serbia and Romania

IPS: Archaeologists have now been able to resume excavations of a number of Roman sites in Serbia and Romania, including an underwater expedition in the Danube River. After a forced work stoppage due to war in the region, archaeologists are again free to explore a number of ancient sites along the Sava and Danube Rivers on the border of Serbia and Romania. One of the most important finds is the remains of the Trajan Bridge, built by the Romans in the 2nd century C.E.

"There were disagreements among scholars in the West about the existence of this bridge," Gordana Karovic from the Serbian Office for the Protection of Cultural Monuments told IPS. "But we traced the existing seven of its 20 pillars on the bottom of the Danube and they show the exact, straight direction of the bridge."

Researchers are also resuming excavations of a Roman camp near Kostolac on the Danube River. So far, they have discovered an aquaduct and a mausoleum dating from the 1st century. In addition, they are working on the Roman fortress of Sirmium near the Sava River where a marble head of Diana was discovered.

Archaeologists plan to keep digging until next summer and hope for future explorations of the Danube River in Croatia.

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