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9. Kemel Fort

Heidenrod Local Authority, Kemel area Rheingau-Taunus-Kreis

Heidenrod Local Authority, Kemel area Rheingau-Taunus-Kreis. View from the site of the earlier forts towards the Hochtaunus.

Garrison of an unknown numerus. The stone fort, with an area of 0.7 m (93 m x 77 m) was erected after the middle of the 2nd century. It had a rectangular ground plan, possessed corner towers, four gates, and was surrounded by a ditch. Nothing is known of the internal buildings, The camp village extended to the south, south-east and north-west of the fort. Two older forts from the end of the 1st century and the first half of the 2nd century were located on the “Pohl”, a height some 250 m distant from the stone fort. The earlier installations, extending 39 m x 39.5 m and 56 m x 46 m possessed timber and earth defences and two ditches. The internal buildings of both installations are known.

The Reichs-Limeskommission carried out excavations on the fort installations between 1898 and 1900. The cellar of a house in the camp village was partly dug out in an salvage operation by the Hessen State Office for Monument Conservation.

Heidenrod Local Authority, Kemel area Rheingau-Taunus-Kreis. Center of the fort. The street marks the former VIA PRINCIPALIS.

The stone fort and the camp village have been overbuilt as gardens, apart from a few remaining areas. In addition, the area of the stone fort has largely been destroyed below ground. The areas of the earlier forts are in meadows outside the new construction.

There is no longer anything of the forts visible. The course of Bäderstrasse, the main street of Kemel, forms the last trace of the stone fort. It was led through the two side gates of the fort in the early days of the town. The side gates and the course of the via principalis are thus visible in the shape of the town. The stone fort became the kernel of the town of Kemel.


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