- Archeologists discover ‘Roman Village’ in Gernsheim
- September 17, 2015
- Goethe-Universität Frankfurt am Main
In September of 2015, archeology students uncovered a Roman settlement during their first dig of the Roman Gernsheim. The area had previously been suspected to be home to an ancient Roman settlement, but until last year there was not any irrefutable empirical evidence of such. Now, it is known that Romans inhabited this village, located on the past foundations of forts used by soldiers between approximately 70 and 120 A.D. Archeologists working on this site are happy to call themselves lucky, due to the multitude of artifacts uncovered already over the past year. Their good fortune can be attributed to the fact that the Romans, upon leaving the village, dismantled the fort and disposed of large amounts of waste; giving archeologists plenty to study. The location of this settlement was most likely the greatest appeal to the ancient Romans. It allows them to expand the traffic infrastructure to easily access the centre Mainz-Mogontiacum.
This piece of archeology in recent news pertains to this class with respect to the process by which these students further uncovered a chunk of Roman history through the excavation of this Gernsheim site. By locating this settlement, we now know that the Romans were highly concerned with having control of expansive zones east of the Rhine, and also having easy access to and from the centre. The archeologists employed the same methods of excavation talked about in this class; such as meticulous removal of soil and excess, documentation and surveil of all discoveries, and the proper removal and packaging of all artifacts.