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15. Langenhain Fort

Ober-Mörlen Local Authority, Langenhain-Ziegenberg Area, Wetteraukreis

Ober-Mörlen Local Authority, Langenhain-Ziegenberg Area, Wetteraukreis. Site of the fort Langenhain. View from north-east. Picture down - Site of the VICUS east of the fort Langenhain.

The Cohors I Biturigum equitata has been demonstrated in the stone fort, of an area of 3.2 ha (198 x 161.5 m), which may have been erected under the emperor Trajan (98 - 117 AD). It had a rectangular ground plan with four gates, and was surrounded by two ditches. Of the internal buildings, we know most of the principia. On the same site, an older, smaller fort with an outer defence of timber and earth, which was surrounded by a ditch, is known from aerial photography The camp village extended to the west, the north, and particularly to the east. The only large stone building from the camp village which is known to date has been established in the east on the road towards Friedberg, together with a potter’s kiln and the burial ground .

The only excavation at the fort was carried out in 1892 by the Reichs-Limeskommission. The stone building in the camp village, to the east of the fort, was also investigated at that time. Two cellars in the camp village were excavated by the Roman-Germanic Commission and the Hessen State Office for Monument Conservation in 1987 and 1988.

The fort lies under meadowland and fields. Only the burial area in the south has been disturbed by an isolated farmhouse. The remains of the camp village are located almost entirely in fields.

Nothing can be seen of the fort and the camp village. The last visible evidence of the presence of the Roman military is a building stone of the Legio XXII Primigenia Pia Fidelis from the fort location, which has been built into the wall on the south-east corner of the parish church in Langenhain-Ziegenberg.


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