Hogg | Dutch archaeologists said on Wednesday that two Roman-era traffic lanes, a ten-meter-wide canal and a road had been unearthed east of the Netherlands last week.
The discovery took place in the town of Osterhout near Nijmegen, an important city in Roman times, hosting permanent military camps that have been registered as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since Tuesday.
The excavated road and canal are about 2,000 years old and were built and used by the Roman army. The Dutch Archaeological Office RAAP said in a statement that it was “unique” in the east of the Netherlands.
The city of Nizmegan is located on the banks of the Rhine, which marks the border of the Roman Empire at that time. Many Roman soldiers stood along the river. The canal probably connected the Nizmegan and the Rhine and was used to transport soldiers, supplies and construction equipment.
Eric Noord told AFP that the wide excavated road, whose original gravel coating has been preserved, will allow us to learn more about the road network from about 2,000 years ago.
Limes in Lower Germany was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site on Tuesday, with military and civilian sites and infrastructure that transcended the border of the Roman Empire in Germany and the Netherlands.
The discovery could one day be part of this legacy, Mr Noord hopes Wednesday.