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44. Halheim Fort

Ellwangen City, Pfahlheim-Halheim Area, Ostalbkreis

Ellwangen City, Pfahlheim-Halheim, area Ostalbkreis. A hedge planted along the rubble rampart of exterior wall indicates the layout of the fort near Halheim. View from North. Picture down - Site of the fort Halheim. The field has been transformed in to pasture in the meantime.

Ellwangen City, Pfahlheim-Halheim Area, Ostalbkreis

Garrison of an unknown unit, probably the size of a numerus. Towards the end of the last century, it was possible to record the dimensions of this installation, which was still visible above ground.

The stone fort, with an area of 0.67 ha, has a nearly square ground plan with side lengths of 80 to 82.5 m. It was surrounded by a ditch. The excavations of the Reichs-Limeskommission were able to demonstrate a gate at each of the northern and southern sides, while towers were situated on the other sides instead of gates. Towers can also be demonstrated in the corners. Nothing is so far known of the internal buildings, although in view of the good state of preservation of the installation, they probably will have consisted of timber constructions.

The area of the archaeological monument lies today in a meadows in an region used for farming. Above ground, the rubble ramparts of the wall, surmounted by hedges are visible from a considerable distance. The vicus of the fort, which probably extended principally to the south, lies today in an area used for farming, as is evidenced by stray finds. The baths to be expected in association with this fort may have been located to the west, in the region of a concentration of stones in the fields.

 

 

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