Dutch Archaeologists have announced the discovery of the remains of a series of
Roman watchtowers along the Rhine River.
Archaeologists in Holland have often been frustrated by the absence of ancient
sites in their country due to wet weather and the scarcity of stone, so the
recent discovery of the remains of a series of Roman watchtowers near De Meern
in the Netherlands has scientific tongues wagging. The foundations of a wooden
watchtower on the Rhine River have been unearthed south of Amsterdam. The
foundation is thought to be part of a system of observation posts along the
river. Chief archaeologist, Erik Graafstal, believes "the towers were
used to monitor shipping on the river and to sound the alarm if hostile
Germanic tribes threatened to attack."
The Romans arrived in the Netherlands around 59 BCE and these towers are being
dated at around 100 years later. The tower, which was built on a major trade
route, is thought to have been destroyed around 60 CE and then rebuilt.
Archaeologists are also studying the artifacts found at the site including
spearpoints and coins.
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