Watch on Rhine

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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