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Tango0107 May 2023 5:02 p.m. PST

… hinterlands

"Paderborn isn't the hinterlands anymore. It's a major city in the northwestern German state of North Rhine-Westphalia and has been since it was founded in the late 8th century by Charlemagne who built a castle nearby. When Augustus ruled the Roman Empire in the first years of the first millennium, however, there was no city there. There was a Roman military camp in Anreppen, less than 10 miles to the east, but it was a flash in the pan, occupied between 4 A.D. and 10 A.D. at the latest, abandoned in the wake of the Varus' defeat at the Battle of Teutoburg Forest. (Kalkriese, where the epic battle took place, is 60 miles to the north of Paderborn.) Only a smattering of Roman objects have ever been found in Paderborn and they were likely brought there by locals who acquired them as booty or trade goods.

So when archaeologists excavated a parking lot in the city center in advance of new construction, they expected to find medieval and modern remains, not ancient ones. The assumption seemed accurate at first; the first discoveries made at the site dated to the 7th and 8th centuries. Then, on the last day of the excavation, the team unearthed a pit 5.2 feet deep that contained charcoal and ash from a fire topped by the skeletal remains of a boar. In that same pit were four large fragments from Roman amphorae…"

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gavandjosh0208 May 2023 2:37 a.m. PST

interesting – thanks

Tango0108 May 2023 3:27 p.m. PST

No mention my friend…


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