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7. Hunzel fort site

Hunzel Local Authority, Im Broch / In den Engwiesen Areas, Rhein-Lahn-Kreis

Hunzel, Rhein-Lahn-Kreis. General situation of the Limes-line and site of the fort at Hunzel. Picture down - Details of fort Hunzel

Garrison of an unknown numerus between the middle of the 2nd and the middle of the 3rd century. The stone fort, of an area of 0,7 ha, with a rectangular ground plan of c. 83.5 m x 89.2 m, was surrounded by a V-shaped ditch 4 m wide and 1.37 m deep. The northern quarter of the fort from the porta praetoria to the porta sinistra could not be excavated by the Reichs-Limeskommission because of the dampness of the terrain and a field path that runs here. Only remains (foundation pits and debris) of the flat foundations of the walls were preserved. Three of the fort entrances were flanked by gate towers, but not the porta decumana, which had a double entrance. Of the internal buildings, the most important parts of the principia, with an area of 27.4 m x 19.75 m and weak foundations, were documented.

A profile was recorded to the north along the field path when a channel was constructed in 1992.  A post-hole and a foundation trench with slate debris were discovered.


The location of the fort vicus is now indicated only by a few scattered finds from the time of the Reichs-Limeskommission that were discovered in the field behind the decumana side, in a small region some 100 m wide.

The area of the archaeological monument lies about 750 m to the west of the town centre of Hunzel at the edge of a meadow area through which the Hunzelbach stream flows. No traces are visible above ground.



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