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Search for Roman ruins abandoned

21.08.2015 From our online archive
A search for Roman ruins in Belair has been abandoned after excavation work to find remnants of a settlement failed to yield results.

(CS) A search for Roman ruins in Belair has been abandoned after excavation work to find remnants of a settlement failed to yield results.

The dig, carried out in June and July, was started ahead of construction work at the site for a new real estate development. Such excavation work is routinely carried out to avoid having to stop major construction in case of a find.

Archaeological maps and results from previous digs decide whether the national archaeological research centre (CNRA) launches this type of pre-construction excavation. Around 10 percent of the land are randomly sampled. Based on the results, a decision is made whether more strategic excavation work will be carried out.

At the “Domaine Les Arquebusiers” site in Belair, the CNRA had expected finds based on historical evidence that a Roman road was once located there. The road connected Durocortorum Remorum (today's Reims) with Augusta Treverorum (Trier).

And indeed, researchers found a stretch of the ancient thoroughfare, that was built between 44 and 45 AD.

However, hopes for to unearth further artifacts, for example of a settlement in the area, a Roman villa or a roadside tavern, were left disappointed. With the road not considered an exceptional find, the sites of the dig were filled and cleared for construction.

Reporting by Steve Bissen