ARCHAEOLOGISTS REPORT BIGGEST FIND OF ROMAN ITEMS IN GERMANY
Archaeologists in Augsburg say they have discovered the most important find of ancient Roman items to come to light in the German city in more than 100 years, a haul totaling 400 kilograms, Deutsche Presse-Agentur (dpa) reported.
City archaeologist Sebastian Gairhos said the find includes weapons, tools, jewelry and 800 coins. The find indicates that this was the site of a fort, which would have been part of the oldest Roman settlement in what is now the German state of Bavaria.
Coins and ceramics shards at the site have made clear to scientists that the area was occupied between the years 8 BC and 5 BC, but are hoping to make even more concrete discoveries.
"This mass of discoveries offers an enormous potential," he said. The objects were discovered on the grounds of a former car plant.
The plant has long since closed and the land is supposed to be turned over for residential development. The archaeologists took advantage of the interim to do their research.
Augsburg has a more-than-2,000-year history and is considered one of Germany's oldest cities.