Students find a Roman temple during excavation practice

Students find a Roman temple during excavation practice

Archeology students have tested reality for an excavation lesson, when they stumbled upon what has been confirmed to be a roman temple in an area that was thought not to have been previously populated.

Professors at the University of Bonn had established a simulated archaeological excavation at a campus construction site to teach historians excavation techniques. What they did not expect to find were the 2,000-year-old foundations of a building located in the dense clay mud.

2,000-year-old Roman temple found by students

Although the initial discovery occurred in March, but it was only in the last fortnight that the team realized that the foundations were from a temple from Roman times, the floor of which was strewn with broken pottery dating back to 800 BC.

The building, which could have been part of a rich estate, had 6'75 meters wide and 7'5 meters long. Was probably done made of wood or clay, but tiles and iron nails that matched second-century Roman buildings were found in the rubble.

Only a similar temple, a room surrounded by a covered walkway, has been found in the northern part of the Rhine-Westphalia. Builders discovered a larger version while building the Bonn World Congress Center in 2006.

Historians initially thought that the only settlement in the area at that time was near the rhine. But Dr. Frank Rumscheid, the university's archeology professor, says the temple suggests that people he lived outside the green banks of the river, in what is now the Poppelsdorf campus area, a few miles from the water.

The work will continue at the excavation site, but when it is completed and everything is inspected and taken to the university laboratories, the site will be plugged and construction work will continue.

There is not enough to complete the foundation and create a replica”Says Rumscheid. However, he adds that further archaeological research at Poppelsdorf could hold interesting discoveries.

Graduated in Journalism and Audiovisual Communication, since I was little I have been attracted to the world of information and audiovisual production. Passion for informing and being informed of what is happening in every corner of the planet. Likewise, I am pleased to be part of the creation of an audiovisual product that will later entertain or inform people. My interests include cinema, photography, the environment and, above all, history. I consider it essential to know the origin of things to know where we come from and where we are going. Special interest in curiosities, mysteries and anecdotal events in our history.


Video: Exploring the Roots of Mesopotamian Civilization: Excavations at Tell Zeidan, Syria