The Limes at Osterburken, Germany

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Carole Raddato
published on 24 August 2021

Osterburken is the location of the best-preserved Roman Limes fort in the state of Baden-Württemberg in Germany. It is also home to the Römermuseum Osterburken, which presents finds from Osterburken and the region and provides information about the Romans on the limes. The museum was constructed over a Roman military bathhouse which remains are exposed in the rear part of the museum. A reconstructed stone watchtower (Wp 8/32) with a wall, rampart and ditch can also be seen about 1 km south of the fort in the "Förstlein" area.

The Upper German-Raetian Limes forms the frontier of the Roman Empire between the rivers Rhine and Danube, and stretches 550 kilometres (342 miles). The frontier was in use from the beginning of first century CE to the second half of the third century CE. The Upper German-Raetian Limes is part of the transnational UNESCO World Heritage Site "Frontiers of the Roman Empire" together with Hadrian's Wall and the Antonine Wall.

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Carole Raddato
Carole maintains the popular ancient history photo-blog Following Hadrian, where she travels the world in the footsteps of emperor Hadrian.

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